Tuition hikes provoke riots among students

 Tuition fees protest

“My family can’t support me. I have to pay myself,” she said. “It’s not fair to students, when they are already pinched.”

These young students are getting an important (FREE) lesson in economics. If you can’t feed it then don’t breed it and if you can’t afford it then don’t buy it.

These students would be better off if they attended a junior college for two years and then transferred to a university. That way they wouldn’t be starting out their lives over their heads in debt with a quadrillion dollars in student loans to pay off.

Also, it should not escape anyone that California has been run into the poor house by their Liberal state legislature. They have been buying stuff they can’t afford to pay for over the many years they have been in control of both legislative houses. It’s no secret that our country is headed that way too, but California will undoubtedly get there first. Watch and learn.

Students across the world are beginning to question the necessity and value of college education as the cost of such training has risen by 110% over the past 20 years, median family income has risen by only 27% (New York: The College Board, 2001).

University degrees were, up until recently (50 to 60 years), strictly an affair for the wealthy and well connected in society, while those at the lower rungs were relegated to community colleges and technical colleges. As many professions became regulated and bureacratized, Universities came into the fold as the necessary qualification to be completed to qualify for positions such as Nurses, Lawyers, Doctors, and other traditional occupations usually occupied by the wealthy of society and their offspring.

University degrees were, up until recently (50 to 60 years), strictly an affair for the wealthy and well connected in society, while those at the lower rungs were relegated to community colleges and technical colleges. As many professions became regulated and bureacratized, Universities came into the fold as the necessary qualification to be completed to qualify for positions such as Nurses, Lawyers, Doctors, and other traditional occupations usually occupied by the wealthy of society and their offspring.

Protesters gather at UCLA to oppose UC fee hike
Nov 19 01:22 PM US/Eastern
By MICHAEL R. BLOOD

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Hundreds of protesters chanted, marched and took over a building Thursday on the UCLA campus, where University of California regents were scheduled to vote on a 32 percent student fee increase.

The UC Board of Regents is considering boosting undergraduate fees—the equivalent of tuition—by $2,500 by summer 2010.

For a second day, the proposal drew demonstrators to the University of California, Los Angeles. Some came from other UC campuses and stayed overnight in a tent city.

The demonstrators outside UCLA’s Covel Commons building chanted, beat drums and waved signs urging “No fee hikes” and “Wanted: Leadership.”

Campus police in helmets with face shields stood guard outside the conference building. UCLA officials said police from several UC campuses were brought in.

Laura Zavala, 20, a third-year UCLA student, said she may have to get a second job to afford the increase.

“My family can’t support me. I have to pay myself,” she said. “It’s not fair to students, when they are already pinched.”

About 30 to 50 protesters staged a takeover of Campbell Hall, a building across campus that houses ethnic studies, said UCLA spokesman Phil Hampton.

They chained the doors shut but were peaceful and there were no immediate plans to remove them, Hampton said.

No arrests had been made, although 14 demonstrators were arrested on Wednesday and cited for failure to disperse or disturbing the peace.

Demonstrations also were held at other UC campuses.

UC President Mark Yudof told reporters Wednesday he couldn’t rule out raising student fees again if the state is unable to meet his request for an additional $913 million next year for the 10-campus system.

You can read the full story at MercuryNews

2 thoughts on “Tuition hikes provoke riots among students”

  1. BS California is broke because of PROP 13

    Go back to the glory days of Eisenhower with 90%+ tax bracket.

    TAX ALL UNEARNED INCOME
    NOT WORKING WAGES

    Rent returns are unearned.

    Read Henry George “Poverty & Progress”
    Learn about the LVT, Land Value Tax.

    After the Sons of Liberty threw the tea in the harbor,
    they kicked down the corrupt judges & barristers in the country
    & burned out the wealthy landlords in the city.

    Thomas Paine “Agrarian Justice”;

    “There could be no such thing as landed property originally. Man did not make the earth, and, though he had a natural right to occupy it, he had no right to locate as his property in perpetuity any part of it; neither did the Creator of the earth open a land-office, from whence the first title-deeds should issue.”

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