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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