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CSU Fullerton student joins 12 others planning hunger strike to protest tuition hikes

CSU Broken Glass

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Protests have occurred around the CSU system, like this one at CSU Long Beach in November 2011, but activists say they have had no effect.

A Cal State Fullerton student announced he is joining several others in holding a hunger strike to protest rising state college tuition.

Grad student David Minga said he had to do something more drastic in the face of dramatic cuts in state funding and subsequent increases to tuition, the Orange County Register reports. He said previous protests and demonstrations -- such as one a year ago where students camped out in the Fullerton administration building -- have had no effect.

Minga, 22, joins 12 other students from around the California State University system in starting their hunger strike Wednesday. He said he and fellow strikers have been preparing for this, and plan to drink only fluids until CSU trustees agree to meet to discuss the group’s demands.

Those demands include a five-year tuition freeze, pay cuts to CSU administrators and cuts to CSU presidents’ perks, such as their housing and car allowances.