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Protestors demand change from university officials at Million Student March

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Photo by: Madison Morriss | Staff Photographer
Students gathered around the Vaquero statue in front of Old Main April 13 to protest for free tuition and reduced student loan debt.

Chants against student debt and championing the concept of free tuition trailed across campus from Old Main to the LBJ Student Center Wednesday as students protested in the Million Student March.

The widespread movement is divided between national and campus goals and focuses on calling for free tuition and giving students the opportunity to have a say in how their tuition dollars are spent.

“We think that education is a right,” said Kennedy Swift, studio arts freshman who took part in the march.

The march wound around most of central campus and even went in to the student center itself, with students shouting slogans such as, “Banks got bailed out, students got sold out!” through megaphones.

“We want transparency on how tuition money is being spent,” said Victoria Politte, communication disorders junior. “We don’t want our money going towards wow factors like new fancy buildings.”

Some of the campus goals created by students for the Million Student Movement at Texas State involve a complete freeze in tuition rates and fees, a halt on all spending projects that they feel are frivolous and the creation of a student tuition advisory board.

The national goals of the movement are tuition-free public college, elimination of all student debt, $15 minimum wage for all campus workers and divestment from private prisons by all colleges and universities.

Robert McAlmon, mathematics graduate student, saw the protest as he was passing through campus. While McAlmon agrees with some of the protestors points, he said he feels it is most important that students know how their tuition is going to be used by the university.

“I think we should make school officials more accountable for where our money is going,” McAlmon said. “I know that a lot of our money goes to sports and overpaying administrators which I don’t think is right.”

3 COMMENTS

  1. Nothing about the counter-protesters despite the fact that we dominated social media? Or the fact that this semester’s MSM has significantly fewer members than last semester’s? Why didn’t the University Star at least compare this semester’s protest using last semester as a standard? Why isn’t historical events taken into consideration? Why doesn’t aren’t both sides presented in this article for fair and balanced reporting?

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