Cal Poly Humboldt Extends Campus Closure Amid Ongoing Protests

watermelon colored resistance sign

A protester paints a resistance sign on Cal Poly Humboldt’s campus as students close in on their 4th day of occupying Siemens Hall there. [Photo by Ryan Hutson]

Press release from Cal Poly Humboldt:

 Protestors continue to occupy Siemens Hall and Nelson Hall East at Cal Poly Humboldt. Campus will now be closed through Sunday, April 28, and work and instruction continue to be remote. The University is making various contingency plans, including possibly keeping campus closed beyond that.

The occupation of Siemens Hall causes complex operational challenges that require the closure of other facilities on campus. In particular, there is a risk of other buildings being occupied, as protestors have shown a willingness to enter unlocked buildings and either lock themselves in, vandalize, or steal equipment. The occupation is also having a negative impact on other students, who are trying to complete classes at the end of the semester.

Numerous laws have been broken, including resisting arrest, destroying and damaging property, criminal trespass, and more.

As protestors have been told, the continued occupation of the building is causing the ongoing closure of other campus facilities. Upcoming activities and events are being canceled, while other important events such as IdeaFest are in question.

Academics
• Classes: In-person classes and activities are transitioning to remote where possible through Sunday, April 28. Instructors are posting course updates on Canvas.
• Off-campus academic activities: Buses will not be transporting students to field trips, but any activities such as academic internships or field placements that can be conducted safely off campus can continue.

Employees (Staff, Faculty, and Students)
• Remote work: Those who are able to work remotely will continue to do so. Contact your supervisor for alternative work options. Your supervisor will contact you if you need to report to campus for work. More details to follow about employee and student pay.
• Computer pickup: Information Technology Services is working on a process for essential computer pickup to facilitate remote work only. More details to follow.
• Paychecks: The Cashier’s Office will be operating within The Campus Store on Thursday, April 25, and Friday, April 26, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The Campus Store is located at 697 8th St., Arcata. During these hours students and staff will be able to:
◦ Pick up paychecks
◦ Pick up financial aid checks
◦ Pick up cash advance checks
Campus Services and Resources: Limited services continue to be available to all students.
• Housing and dining: Students living on campus are safe and the residence halls are operating normally. The J, the College Creek Marketplace, and the Cupboard are all open during normal hours. Dining hours of operation
• Health and counseling services:
◦ Students: Student Health & Wellbeing Services is open for in-person medical and counseling appointments during regular operating hours at the SHWS. Student Health & Wellbeing Services appointment info and hours of operation. Timely Care is available 24/7 for on demand and scheduled medical and counseling services through telehealth.
◦ Employees: Staff or faculty seeking additional support may utilize the Employee Assistance Program, LifeMatters, offered through Empathia 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
• The Children’s Center is open.
Events
• The University is working to relocate athletics events and activities. Coaches will share information with athletes.
• All other on-campus events have been canceled through Sunday, April 28. If you had catering services scheduled for your event, all services will be canceled with no fees applied.
• The University is moving forward with plans for Commencement ceremonies and activities for our students next month.
• Off-campus events are still scheduled.
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Mr. Clark
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Mr. Clark
2 months ago

It’s just appalling that cal polly Humboldt won’t stop the war in Gaza. What is wrong with those people?

The Real Guest
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The Real Guest
2 months ago
Reply to  Mr. Clark

What is truly appalling is that Biden won’t stop funding it and won’t stop sending weaponry to Israel to continue the atrocious war in Gaza.

What’s wrong with Biden…???

The world has went crazy
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The world has went crazy
2 months ago
Reply to  The Real Guest

He’s greedy that’s what is wrong with him. He is funding two wars and both of them he gets money kicked back to him and anyone invested in weapons.

Mr. Clark
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Mr. Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  The Real Guest

No, really? What’s wrong with the protesters? Thinking that A state collage can do anything about a foreign war that this country is not involved in. All those asshats at CPH should be thrown in jail.

The world has went crazy
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The world has went crazy
2 months ago
Reply to  Mr. Clark

They aren’t thinking! That’s the problem.
They think they are doing good but go to the Middle East and try there.

willow creekerD
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2 months ago
Reply to  Mr. Clark

They are asking for the university to divest (the opposite of invest) in Israel. I think it’s a smart way to get Israel to stop settlement activity and work on a two state solution. Since the US completely props up Israel and they continue to work against our interest (the US interest), which is a stable Middle East.

Farce
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Farce
2 months ago
Reply to  willow creeker

That one demand of their protest is one I heartily agree with. Take our taxes that were budgeted for educational purposes out of the war machine. I’m with the kids on that one thing which we can do here- it is a reasonable ask…

Yabut
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Yabut
2 months ago
Reply to  willow creeker

LOL Israel did support the two state but violated the idea with not controlling settlers. Arab Palestinians supported it (in theory after 1982) but with the caveat that Isreal has no right to exist as a Jewish State. In other words parties party agree to a two state solution until it gets into details where they both want all the land. The details that don’t allow it are “the status of Jerusalem, the Israeli settlements and the right of return of Palestinian refugees.”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-state_solutihttps://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-state_soluti
But looking at the Israeli exports to the US, Electrical machinery, equipment: US$10.2 billion (17% of total exports)

  1. Gems, precious metals: $9.5 billion (15.9%)
  2. Optical, technical, medical apparatus: $7.4 billion (12.3%)
  3. Machinery including computers: $5.1 billion (8.5%)
  4. Plastics, plastic articles: $3.2 billion (5.4%)
  5. Other chemical goods: $2.9 billion (4.8%)
  6. Pharmaceuticals: $2.45 billion (4.1%)
  7. Aircraft, spacecraft: $2.43 billion (4.1%)

Palestine’s biggest trading partner is Israel by far. Where as Palestinian’s exports to the US are $10 million dollars of olive oil. “The top exports of Palestine are Building Stone ($181M), Scrap Iron ($147M), Plastic Lids ($86.9M), Other Furniture ($85.8M), and Seats ($78M), exporting mostly to Israel ($1.3B), Jordan ($159M), United Arab Emirates ($29.1M), United States ($24.1M), and Turkey ($15.4M).
Divesting may be the gesture of the self righteous but the people it would harm are the Palestinians. So good luck with that.

The Real Guest
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The Real Guest
2 months ago
Reply to  Mr. Clark

🤔🧐,

How do you figure…???

As a matter of fact…

“Atlas” carries the weight of the entire World on his shoulders…

🤷‍♂️😁

The Real Guest
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The Real Guest
2 months ago
Reply to  The Real Guest

“Atlas”

(“A state collage”…)

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Kicking Bull
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Kicking Bull
2 months ago
Reply to  The Real Guest

Atlas is the top of the 33 vertebra comprising the spinal column, carrying the weight of the world.

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Noway Man
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Noway Man
2 months ago
Reply to  The Real Guest

What’s wrong with him? Where does one begin?

Country Joe
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2 months ago
Reply to  The Real Guest

Nothing wrong with Biden. He’s assisting our ally which is the only democracy in the Middle East.

tru matters
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tru matters
2 months ago

I wonder if soon there will be a student protest against the protesters

Noway Man
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Noway Man
2 months ago
Reply to  tru matters

I’m pretty sure the tolerant left wouldn’t be cool with that. Peer pressure is probably a big factor in why many of these knuckleheads are protesting in the first place.

tru matters
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tru matters
2 months ago

Ancient proverb say, “One small wind can raise much dust

The world has went crazy
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The world has went crazy
2 months ago

I just commented on the other post about how disruptive this is for students actually wanting to learn and do the right thing.
I was told this Siemens hall won’t effect anything.
Well I guess I was right and they were wrong.
Time to arrest them all and throw away the key. So much for a peaceful protest.

Old SchoolD
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Old School
2 months ago

More blatant Hamas support on that other site. You made an excellent comment over there.

Creosote
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Creosote
2 months ago

If I had a kid attending, I’d be looking to start or join a class-action lawsuit against the university and would seek to unmask & name the protesters, too!

The world has went crazy
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The world has went crazy
2 months ago
Reply to  Creosote

Yep and a refund in any money I paid!

AlD
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Al
2 months ago

So far, Humboldt is the only college where students have occupied a campus building.

The world has went crazy
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The world has went crazy
2 months ago
Reply to  Al

There are two more back east going through the same thing. It’s disrespectful to the students who really want to go to school!

AlD
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Al
2 months ago

I think this is the only public university where the students are occupying a building.

Farce
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Farce
2 months ago
Reply to  Al

True. And it was a stupid move for the kids. Lost them a lot of sympathy and that loss continues daily…

Gary Whittaker
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Gary Whittaker
2 months ago
Reply to  Al

Time to replace the administrator.

Alf
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Alf
2 months ago
Reply to  Gary Whittaker

Also every staff member who were part of the letter in support of them.

King David
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King David
2 months ago
Reply to  Gary Whittaker

Why hasn’t the President of Cal Poly surrounded the occupied building, cut all electricity and water, and prevented anyone from entering or leaving including pizza deliveries. In one day without food, the students would surrender, the cops would pull off their masks, take them to be booked, and a judge would release them immediately?

Country Joe
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2 months ago
Reply to  King David

Because the President of Cal Poly is a leftist.

Guest
Guest
Guest
2 months ago

Time for you to reevaluate your attitude, please. It’s nauseatingly self righteous and borders on a narcissistic rant. Thanks 😊

The world has went crazy
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The world has went crazy
2 months ago
Reply to  Guest

No it’s not time for me to reevaluate my attitude actually. I pay taxes that help fund these colleges and this is what they do with my money. How about nope. And I can bet I’m not the only one that feels this way.
Fly to the Middle East and do this then let us know how it works for you.
😎😊

I am a robot
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I am a robot
2 months ago

Try harder

81812
Farce
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Farce
2 months ago

I think the administration is overreacting. Classes can continue in person. But the administration wants to collectively punish the student body to make the demonstrators appear in a worse light. It’s a bullshit move. I would like to know if that order came from Cal Poly Humboldt or from the CSU state office….somehow they can disburse paychecks safely bit whoa- no classes that’s too dangerous?!

local observer
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local observer
2 months ago
Reply to  Farce

I don’t think these are students enrolled at CPH or students enrolled anywhere that have taken over the Building. this level of caution is required in this situation for the safety of the students.

AlD
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Al
2 months ago
Reply to  local observer

That some random person, that’s not even a CPH student is whose occupying that building, is an unsettling possibility.

Wow
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Wow
2 months ago
Reply to  Farce

How, my in person class is in the Siemens?

Farce
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Farce
2 months ago
Reply to  Wow

Oh well- your class is screwed, obviously. Sorry about that ha ha!

Wow
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Wow
2 months ago
Reply to  Farce

ES

Jeffersonian
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2 months ago

Arrest and expel them all.

Guest
Guest
Guest
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeffersonian

No. Commend them for using their freedom of speech privilege. It takes more guts than just sitting behind a keyboard bitching about things. I look forward to what they bring to the table once they graduate in their respective fields. Student protesters made a positive difference getting us out of Vietnam. Good job 👍

Noway Man
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Noway Man
2 months ago
Reply to  Guest

It would be commendable if they went to the actual scene and protested. It takes more guts than just sitting behind the barricaded doors of a library at an extremely liberal and spineless school in the US and bitching about things. I look forward to their critical thinking skills improving and what baskets and beaded jewelry they bring to the table. Good job patting yourselves on the back while contributing to meaningless posturing and ineffective posing.

Gary Whittaker
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Gary Whittaker
2 months ago
Reply to  Guest

Back then we called it cutting class.

Barbara Leonard
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Barbara Leonard
2 months ago
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You have heard the old adage, “freedom of speech does not include yelling fire in a crowded theater”, haven’t you? Yelling death to Jews and death to Americans falls under the “crowded theater” theory. These protests we see are not “free speech and peaceful”. Hamas is a terrorist organization whose mantra is to wipe all Jews off the planet. Does that sound like something you want to have happen? Israel is protecting itself from being obliterated by Iran, and its toadies: Hezbollah, Hamas and all of the other terrorist organizations Iran sanctions. The attempted genocide committed was the Hamas attack on Israel on Oct. 7th. Palestinians are only occupied by the government they voted for: Hamas. If we continue to turn a blind eye to the intimidating, highly organized protests on prestigious universities and colleges in America and around the world, we are turning a blind eye to what Hitler said many decades ago when they set out to rule the world and obliterate Jews: “he alone who owns the young gains the future”. Right now, we are watching the young being owned by highly organized and funded terrorists. It took Pearl Harbor for us to wake up and get in the fight Europe was embroiled in, let’s not sleep until another Pearl Harbor wakes us up because this time, it might be too late.

c u 2morrowD
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2 months ago
Reply to  Guest

this ain’t the 60’s

rollin
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rollin
2 months ago
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“I look forward to what they bring to the table once they graduate in their respective fields.”

Wow! How clueless can you get? When they realize that the debt that they racked up for useless liberal arts and Gender studies degrees was for nothing , they will “bring to the table” more idiotic behavior like this, about issues that they are clueless about. They will break shit, riot, blame capitalism and take ZERO responsibility for their own stupidity. Liberalism is a mental disorder!

https://youtu.be/fqJf5Jo5SiY?si=T97VwDzjoXNRXYOi

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King David
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King David
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeffersonian

I concur. Expel any student locks other students out of buildings their parents paid for.
Here is the view of what is going on from afar.

  

Terror Supporters Have Taken Over the Campuses – Ben-Dror Yemini (Ynet News)
  Hamas’ ideology is the elimination of Jews.
  Hamas is part of the global jihad that declares its goal as taking over the world to establish a dark Islamist imperialist vision.
  Those leading the student protests on campuses support genocide.
  They started burning Israeli and American flags and waving Hamas and Hizbullah flags, while supporting the Houthis and Iran.
  The axis of evil led by Iran and jihad has wide support.
  The protesters seem to think they want to stop the war. They’re only fueling it.
  Hamas arch-terrorist Yahya Sinwar looks at these students and enjoys every moment.
  Hamas may be beaten in Gaza, but it’s winning in the U.S. and the West.
  Never in history have so many turned themselves into useful idiots for an axis of evil and terrorism.
  They think they’re enlightened. They’re not. They’re causing more and more casualties.

Country Joe
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2 months ago
Reply to  Jeffersonian

Spot on…

hmm
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hmm
2 months ago

I assume they are demanding that Hamas release it’s hostages?

Selective Protesting
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Selective Protesting
2 months ago
Reply to  hmm

Or human rights in China…

Yabut
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Yabut
2 months ago

Or the mass murders in Somalia, Sudan, Myanmar, etc.

King David
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King David
2 months ago
Reply to  hmm

Or the starvation in Sudan?

Farce
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Farce
2 months ago

OMG WE MUST CLOSE THE ENTIRE CAMPUS AND CANCEL CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES!!! oh except for some of them….”complex operational challenges” and ‘students entering unlocked buildings”!! Oh no we cannot allow regular classes to be held. Ha Ha Ha! Now once again I now find myself against BOTH sides of these pinheads. The administration is overreacting and trying to place the blame for their draconoan overreaction (much like Israel) on the demonstrators. And I guess the demonstrators are more like Hamas by acting out and breaking stuff to attract attention. Both sides are unhelpful in deescalating…

Gary Whittaker
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Gary Whittaker
2 months ago

Cancel the rest of the school year, send the students home, make them start the school year over again next year with no credit for 2024.

Alf
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Alf
2 months ago
Reply to  Gary Whittaker

I believe Columbia already canceled all in person classes for the rest of the year, forcing zoom classes for all. They refuse to reimburse ANY tuition for the inconvenience. Communist Democrats are clearly in charge.

Country Joe
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2 months ago
Reply to  Alf

Not for much longer…

Wow
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Wow
2 months ago
Reply to  Gary Whittaker

If that happened, I wouldn’t be able to finish my classes n graduate this May, because of other people I gave no association with whatsoever? Why punish everyone?

Yabut
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Yabut
2 months ago
Reply to  Wow

Which actually is the idea of such protests. Dragged into the fray whether willing or not. The correlated consequences not so much. That’s the leverage.

King David
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King David
2 months ago
Reply to  Gary Whittaker

Why has no student been expelled or anyone spent a night in jail. Permissive parents who never disciplined their kids are like administrators who never impose consequences strong enough to deter. Kick them off campus for a year. Lock them up in jail.

King David
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King David
2 months ago

This is what a Columbia Professor said about the protests in NY which apply to the rabble on Cal Poly.

  • I’m a Columbia Professor. The Protests on My Campus Are Not Justice. – John McWhorter
  • In the music humanities class I teach at Columbia University, the surrounding noise is infuriated chanting from protesters outside the building, including lusty chanting of “From the river to the sea.” I thought about what would have happened if protesters were instead chanting anti-Black slogans. They would have lasted roughly five minutes before masses of students shouted them down and drove them off the campus. Chants like that would have been condemned as a grave rupture of civilized exchange and branded as a form of violence. Why do so many people think that weekslong campus protests against Israel’s very existence are nevertheless permissible?
  •   Conversations I have had place these confrontations within a larger battle against power structures – in the form of what they call colonialism and against whiteness. The idea is that Jewish students and faculty are white. Calling all this peaceful stretches the use of the word rather implausibly. It’s an odd kind of peace when a local rabbi urges Jewish students to go home as soon as possible, and it starts to feel normal to see posters and clothing portraying Hamas as heroes.
  •   The protesters and their fellow travelers feel that all of this is social justice on the march. They have been told that righteousness means placing the battle against whiteness and its power front and center. What began as intelligent protest has become, in its uncompromising fury and its ceaselessness, a form of abuse. (New York Times)
Giant Squirrel
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Giant Squirrel
2 months ago

Will there be a graduation this year? Four years of hard work and get stiffed by a bunch of Dem briwnshirt rabble rousers

Gary Whittaker
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Gary Whittaker
2 months ago
Reply to  Giant Squirrel

Oh well. Too bad. I guess dad will have to fork out another year of “study”. That’ll hurt the old purse strings.

Wizard of OddsD
Member
2 months ago

Bernie goes hard on Netanyahu

“It is not anti semitic to point out you’ve killed 34,000 Palestinians, and injured 78,000 more. It is not anti semitic to point our you have bombed 221,000 housing units and half left 1 million people (half the population) homeless…”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzhdPsCgrjU

Alf
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Alf
2 months ago
Reply to  Wizard of Odds

Then by the same logic it is not anti Palestinian to point out the Palestinians attacked and killed civilians in a cowardly act of terrorism, and kidnapped other civilians.

It’s absolutely OK for Israel to declare war on terrorists and to continue until they are all destroyed. The actions of the pro Palestinian terrorists at CPH and across this country also must be held accountable for their crimes.

Alf
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Alf
2 months ago

It’s interesting how many officers showed up to the shooting in Cutten today. One Sheriff rig blew by so fast on the freeway it was clear something important was happening. This quick and decisive action is very commendable.

What if this had been the action taken for the terrorists at CPH. They are also violent criminals. No, their victims don’t have gunshot wounds (at least not yet), but they are just as despicable as the gunman. Any crime that takes freedom away from someone else should be just as big a priority as the one in Cutten, where by all accounts there was one victim. There are hundreds, if not thousands of victims of these terrorists.

Once again, I will say it, Campus staff and law enforcement, just do the job you’re being paid to do. The failure at CPH is completely unacceptable and not one of you should be paid for this failure. It’s a disgrace.

Alf
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Alf
2 months ago
Reply to  Alf

Even the Redwood news spent more than 5 minutes talking about CPH and maybe 30 seconds on the shooting. I guess CPH is 10 times more important, at least to the news reporters. Maybe it should become 10 times more important to get the terrorists behind bars and the campus cleaned up.

akshually
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akshually
2 months ago
Reply to  Alf

Because you had patrol responding. The only officers who went to Cal Poly were those not on patrol (i.e. specialty teams, officers called in on their day off, admin, etc.) The county and cities still have to staff patrol (to answer 911).

What should scare everyone is how few officers were able to be spared for an incident like that. Because of how understaffed everyone is, those who showed up (like 40 cops total) are literally all that could be spared on short notice.

If you had a large enough group that was malicious enough, you could definitely quickly and easily gain control of the entire county for a long time before any significant amount of law enforcement from down south could come up to regain control. It would be even longer if you cut the transport lines (the 101). Law enforcement and the perception of public safety is a fucking illusion and what happened at CHP should shatter that illusion for everyone.

No one is coming to remove the protestors at CPH. They will have free reign of that place as long as they want. The agencies that responded were disgusted with how CPH admin (both the president and current HSU chief) handled the situation. I doubt any other agency would respond to assist with these student occupiers again. CPH is gonna have to rely on the CSU CRU team to deal with it, but CRU won’t be available for a long ass time because of the much bigger issues going on in far larger campuses.

Settle in for the long haul CPH, it’s gonna be a wild ride.

tru matters
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tru matters
2 months ago

Here is some insider information.
Faculty at CPH voted no confidence In President of University.
Where is he?
Also, supposedly mediators were called in, said they can’t work with administration.

This is second hand but might be worth looking into.

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tru matters
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tru matters
2 months ago
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Giant Squirrel
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Giant Squirrel
2 months ago

?

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Two Dogs
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Two Dogs
2 months ago

It’s almost time to go home kiddies. Start cleaning up your mess.

Balucnbee
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Balucnbee
2 months ago

Hamas has made it clear their ultimate goal is to kill all Jews AND Americans AND anyone who does not align with their Charter. Anyone read it? Hamas-supporting students are supporting their own demise, or, at the very least, an unthinkable world. Hamas, if in power, would not allow them the right to protest, burn flags, have purple hair…and ladies, do you like wearing those masks? As those of you who survive Hamas rule, would be keeping them on. At home. No school for you. Oh, and God help you, if you, or any of your friends identify, under Hamas rule, as anything other than your biological sex. This is not new information. Why would anyone support an ideology that would take from them the hard fought freedoms they have? It’s utterly beyond my comprehension.
Unless…they didn’t fight for their freedom. Someone else did. A long, long time ago…

Country Joe
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2 months ago
Reply to  Balucnbee

The Hamas supporting students are traitors all. Book em Danno.

Cal Polyp Humboldt
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Cal Polyp Humboldt
2 months ago

Cal Polyp Humboldt is a cancerous, abnormal growth.

tru matters
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tru matters
2 months ago

It’s interesting that this is listed under crime and not news.

Kym Kemp
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2 months ago
Reply to  tru matters

It is illegal to occupy a public building and not allow access to others.

Farce
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Farce
2 months ago

Oh yeah it’s not just here at Cal Poly. Today’s Associated Press has a rundown on all the campuses across the country. Gives 3 paragraphs to Cal Poly Humboldt. This is nationwide and growing daily….https://apnews.com/article/gaza-war-campus-protests-966eb531279f8e4381883fc5d79d5466

Kicking Bull
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Kicking Bull
2 months ago

Ok boomers….

Gary Whittaker
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Gary Whittaker
2 months ago

Another adventure in Baghdad by the bay.