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Community college students to use ramen noodles to protest rising fees

March 4, 2011 |  8:41 am

Community college students and teachers plan to hold a “ramen-in” Friday at shuttered governor's offices in L.A. and San Francisco to protest rising fees.

Students plan to deliver thousands of packages of ramen noodles to the now-closed offices at 1:30 p.m. to symbolize what a $300 fee increase on community college costs will mean to their finances.

They said they planned the protests before realizing the offices had been closed by Gov. Jerry Brown as a cost-saving measure.

The fee raises tuition $10 a unit for 30 units, a normal academic year’s courseload. The first ramen-in was held Wednesday in San Diego by students at San Diego Community College.

“The $300 fee hike will come from students’ budget for food and other necessities,” said Jose Rodriguez. “We will be eating ramen for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”

The California Federation of Teachers is co-hosting the demonstrations.

In Los Angeles, a couple of dozen students from L.A. City College were expected to take part in the protest, along with faculty and staff, said Fred Glass, a spokesman for the teachers' union.

“Student fees represent a tax on the wrong people,” said Alisa Messer, an English instructor at the City College of San Francisco and president of the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121.

Protesters are scheduled to meet at the closed governor’s offices at 300 S. Spring St. in Los Angeles and at 350 McAllister St. in San Francisco.

Brown has also closed offices in San Diego, Riverside and Fresno.


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