Police dismantle UC San Diego Gaza Solidarity Encampment, arrest protestors 

San Diego Police officers stormed the Gaza Solidarity Encampment on UC San Diego’s campus on Monday morning, dismantling the encampment and arresting roughly 64 people, according to the UC San Diego Guardian.

Forty of the arrestees were identified as students and the remaining 24 are non-affiliates or of unknown status, according to the Guardian. According to San Diego Police Department (SDPD) officer David Jennings, protestors at the encampment were warned multiple times before police moved in, and arrestees face charges of unlawful assembly.

SDPD and UCSD janitorial staff stuffed personal items like tents, clothes and flags into trash bags and drove them to an unknown location. Janitorial staff placed metal fences and rope barriers around the encampment site, blocking access to the area entirely. 

“The decision to vacate the site was based on danger arising from a prolonged event in terms of health, fire, safety and security,”  Executive Director of Internal Communications Laura Margonia said in an email obtained by the UCSD Guardian. “University of California Police, CHP and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department successfully and peacefully dismantled an illegal encampment on the UC San Diego campus.”

UC Berkeley graduate student housing to be named in honor of Muwekma Ohlone Tribe

UC Berkeley announced that it will name a graduate student apartment complex opening in August 2024 “xučyun ruwway,” a term in the Ohlone language Chochenyo, according to the Daily Californian. 

“Xučyun” is the name of the region that includes Albany and Berkeley in the ancestral homeland of the East Bay Ohlone people, and “ruwway” means home, according to campus spokesperson Kyle Gibson.

The ‘ottoy’ Initiative, a UC Berkeley program aimed to strengthen the relationship between the East Bay Ohlone people and the university, worked with leaders of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe to select a building name. 

“It is our sacred obligation to watch over our ancestors still buried here, to watch over our sacred spaces and to protect these lands for generations to come,” Muwekma Ohlone Tribe Chair Charlene Nijmeh said in a press release.

A version of this article appeared on p. 2 of the May 9, 2024, print edition of the Daily Nexus.


Sindhu Ananthavel
Sindhu Ananthavel (she/they) is the Lead News Editor for the 2023-24 school year. Previously, Ananthavel was the Deputy News Editor for the 2022-23 school year, the Community Outreach News Editor for the 2021-22 school year and an assistant news editor for the 2021-22 school year. She can be reached at news@dailynexus.com.