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Janet Napolitano Apologizes For Disparaging Student Protest

Jeff Chiu / AP
 

Jeff Chiu / AP

(AP) - The president of the University of California system publicly apologized for calling chants by students protesting tuition hikes "crap," a remark overheard on an open microphone at a board of regents meeting.

Janet Napolitano, also a former U.S. Homeland Security secretary and former Arizona governor, opened a regents meeting Thursday by expressing contrition. The university's recording of a Wednesday gathering captured her saying, "We don't have to listen to this crap," when she leaned over to the board chairman who had just activated his microphone.

Her comment came after several dozen students of the nation's largest university system stripped off their shirts at the meeting, tossed fake money in the air and stood on chairs chanting, "Egregious. Step off it. Put people over profits."