Two University of Arizona graduate students and an alumnus are spearheading a “peaceful protest” against the proposed increase in mandatory fees March 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. on the UA Mall in front of the Adminstration Building. Details can be found on this Face Book page, including information about suggested dress. The emphasis for this event is on the word peaceful due to some rather non-peaceful protests out West on California college campuses last week.
A statement from the protest organizers explains their reasoning for the event:
- The aggressive proposed fee increase of $700+ dollars that will take effect next semester will be the “straw that breaks the camel’s back” for a great number of undergraduate as well as graduate students at the U of A. It is unrealistic that the ONLY proposed solution to this problem was to lay the cost for the “improvement” of the institution on the people with the biggest financial burden.
President Shelton stated that this fee is meant to make the U of A a “world-class university” but the distribution of these fees will go to fund primarily the Recreational and the Student Health Centers. At times like these all superfluous expenses should be curtailed in favor of making sure that everyone gets a chance to make it to graduation so that their time, effort and contribution will not have been in vain.
For a history of fees at the UA, I point you to the boys over at the Desert Lamp who’ve broken it all down here. And if you’re bored Thursday morning, you should stop over at the UA Student Union Memorial Center to watch the discussion and voting on tuition and fees at the Arizona Board of Regents meeting. The festivities start at 9:30 a.m.