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Students, faculty to protest cuts as regents meet at UC Riverside

January 19, 2012 |  7:18 am

UC Regents protests
Groups of students and faculty are expected to protest Thursday on the second day of the UC regents meeting on the Riverside campus.

The protesters opposed the significant budget cuts imposed after the UC system's funding from the state was drastically limited. (The UC schools will receive $660 million less in state funds in the 2012-2013 school year than in it did two years before.)

But there was a dose of validation at Wednesday's portion of the meeting. A group of students called Fix UC presented their radical plan to abolish tuition and replace it with post-graduation payments equaling 5% of their income for 20 years.

UC President Mark G. Yudof said he was "very impressed" with the proposal — despite the obstacles it would face in implementation.

"We think the ideas are constructive," Yudof said, promising that his staff would study the plan.

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Photo: A small but vocal group of students protests outside a University of California Board of Regents meeting at the UCLA Alumni Center on Nov. 28. More protesters are expected at the meeting Thursday at UC Riverside. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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