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CONAN THE LIBRARIAN:


Deep in the throes of midterms, UCSB students were locked out of their main research library for two hours last Saturday morning as Governor Schwarzenegger came to campus pitching his new $37 billion bond measure. The closed Davidson Library provided an ironic backdrop as the governor highlighted a package that features $19.9 billion in funding to transportation, $10.4 billion to education (including approximately $1 million to Davidson Library), and $2.9 billion in housing and development funds. About three dozen students turned out to protest the invite-only press conference. School officials defended the untimely library closure by pointing out the approximately $80 million the bond would bring UCSB. The governor is banking on the measure to become a cornerstone in his current reelection campaign.

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