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.”