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UCLA students end a day of protest over fee hikes


After a day of protests over student fee hikes that roiled the UCLA campus, a final group of students who had taken over Campbell Hall left the building peacefully this evening.

There were about 25 students when the group dispersed shortly before 7 p.m. Students had been occupying the building since about 12:30 a.m. Students used a bike rack to block hallways and desks to block doors. Pizza boxes were strewn in the third-floor hallway.

"This is only the end of this moment," said Patricia Torres, 30, a first-year graduate student in the School of Urban Planning. "We are still dialoguing, but not stopping."

Earlier today, the UC Board of Regents approved a 32% increase in student fees.

The $2,500 fee hike will come in two steps by next fall. That would bring the basic UC education fees to about $10,300, plus about another $1,000 for campus-based charges, for a total that would be about triple the UC cost a decade ago. Room, board and books can add another $16,000.

UCLA students were joined by students from several other UC campuses who arrived in Westwood to join the demonstration against the fee hike.

UCLA officials had declared Campbell Hall closed for the day.

-- Amina Khan

Photo: Students, faculty members and other workers from UCLA and other University of California campuses protest the  Board of Regents' approval of a 32% increase in undergraduate fees.
Photo: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times


Comments () | Archives (8)

Stop whining please. It's still a bargain at $10,000 for a UC quality education.

If you can't afford UC, go to Community College, join ROTC or go in the military for G.I. Bill. Scholarships are available to those who are smart enough to get it.

i concur with confucius...the UC system is the best bargain in the country. these free riders should get with the program and either leave the state (most would have to go back to whatever country they came from) or pay the bill and quit the whining...we cannot continue to subsidize the poor, the undocumented, and the lazy loafers who currently populate the UC system. remember that not everyone should or needs to go to college and then come out unemployed and without skills. my advice is GO GET A JOB!

The state should not have gotten into the higher education business to begin with. Now, these students feel entitled to a "cheap" higher education. Really, though, it IS rotten to promise them one so that they and their parents plan accordingly, then raise rates by a third per year when they are in the middle of their eduction. But what's the alternative? Raise taxes on the rest of us even more? No thanks. Click my name for more of my thoughts on this.

All we are saying

is give cheap a chance.

Good for them. At least the education isn't going to waste. We are taught civic duty and to stand up for what we believe is right.

I'm proud to call them my fellow Americans.

I wish I could say the same for the State leadership. Those porkers wouldn't know civic duty if it poked them in the eye.

I agree with the first two comments. also, if you want everyone who's hurting to keep subsidizing your education so that it costs less than 1/3rd what it should, stop wasting your money on Starbucks and the latest pretty sunglasses.

I am surprised and appalled at some of these comments. Where is your sympathy for the families who are struggling these days and now face increased tuition payments for their children? Many studets have jobs, sometimes two, and continually struggle to pay these fees. Some are even forced to drop out as a result. I understand the need for this increase, but at least try to empathize with these people. Just because the UC system is "cheaper" than others does not mean we should root for a more expensive school system in CA.

Eve: we commenters are mostly rooting not to raise taxes on the rest of us yet again. and those making under $75,000 a year will not see any increase thanks to new financial aid (grants). they are also going to be increasing financial aid (loans) to middle class students who can't manage the increase. why shouldn't someone going to Ucla have to take out a loan. there are public universities charging well over $10,000 a year which may or may not be providing a better level of education as the UC. you either lower the standards of education or raise taxes, or raise the price.


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