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Eleven UCLA students sit in a circle in the intersection of Westwood and Wilshire boulevards as part of a protest of bank practices and rising fees at public universities before they were arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Student groups are rallying and sitting in at universities throughout the state this week. In yesterday’s rally in Berkeley, students occupied a plaza that is well known for being the site of civil rights protests in the 1960’s. The rallies are affiliated with the Occupy movement, but this week California State University students at campuses in Long Beach, Los Angeles and Fullerton are protesting an issue that hits close to home -- yet another rate hike in state tuition.
The CSU trustees are meeting today to vote on a proposal that would raise rates 9% next year if the system doesn’t receive more state funding. Students are livid about the rate hikes – Cal State trustees have voted to raise rates nearly every year since 2004. In just the last 5 years tuition has doubled as students have had to make up for shortfalls from in funding from the state.
And CSUs aren’t the only campuses that are being Occupied – following violence at a rally at UC Berkeley earlier this week, University of California’s Board of Regents canceled a scheduled meeting in San Francisco because they feared further student uprising.
Will student involvement lead to change in California’s university systems?
Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, KPCC reporter
James Suazo, Senior at CSU Long Beach