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Students march for free tuition

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Photo by: Daryl Ontiveros | Multimedia Editor
Kristoffer Ian Celera, also known as Donald Tramp around campus, counter protests the Million Student March April 13 in front of the Vaquero Statue.

Chants against student debt and championing the concept of free tuition echoed 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.

Photo by:  Daryl Ontiveros | Multimedia EditorStudents march down the Quad April 13 protesting for free education.
Photo by: Daryl Ontiveros | Multimedia Editor
Students march down the Quad April 13 protesting for free education.

“We think that education is a right,” said Kennedy Swift, studio art 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 sophomore. “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 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.

Photo by: Daryl Ontiveros | Multimedia EditorStudents march down the Quad April 13 protesting for free education.
Photo by: Daryl Ontiveros | Multimedia Editor
Students march down the Quad April 13 protesting for free education.

Kristoffer Celera, computer science junior, said there are ways students can get a free education without demanding the government give it to them. Celera, who is a member of Young Americans for Liberty, did not support the protest.

Celera was dressed up as his alter ego “Donald Tramp” during the march. Donald Tramp has garnered substantial attention on social media, as Celera wears Donald Trump-esque wig, a suit jacket and no pants.

Throughout the march Celera could be seen dancing and striking various provocative poses holding a sign stating, “Your debt, your choice.” Celera was not the only outspoken protestor against the march, as other Trump supporters made themselves heard at the end of the procession in the amphitheater.

There were also other students present at the beginning of the march and at the end who did not take part, but voiced concerns over the goals of the movement, discussing their views with its members.

Robert McAlmon, a mathematics graduate student, said he agrees with some of their points, but thinks it is more important students know where tuition is going and how it is used.

“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.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Please get your facts straight. Not all the protestors against the march were Trump supporters. Did you personally ask every single one of them or did you just assume?

  2. Typical YAL. When they aren’t having a circle-jerk they have to latch themselves onto other people’s work to make themselves seem relevant. They have no substance to their ideas so they have to try and get a reaction out of other people. Look at that annoying attention seeking pink shirt guy that was at the debate. He couldn’t make a solid point so he had pretend he was a comedian and make a scene talking about Obama the entire time. Life must be easy for them when daddy pays for everything.

  3. Typical YAL. When they aren’t having a circle-jerk they have to latch themselves onto other people’s work to make themselves seem relevant. They have no substance to their ideas so they have to try and get a reaction out of other people. Look at that annoying attention seeking pink shirt guy that was at the debate. He couldn’t make a solid point so he had pretend he was a comedian and make a scene talking about Obama the entire time. Life must be easy for them when daddy pays for everything or when you whore yourself our to companies.

    • I am the “annoying attention seeking pink shirt guy”! I love the description! I might make it into a name tag!

      “Life must be easy for them when daddy pays for everything” I got my free college through the GI Bill, sweetie! Try “whoring” yourself out to military service and you’ll see a debt-free life!

      I adore all of my fans! Thank you so much for this lovely comment, sunshine!

      • So what you are saying Kissyoff is that the tax payers paid for you to go to school but then turn around and whine about taxes? You join the military, a part of the government, and go to a public school then turn around complaining the government is too big? I think you’re making up being in the military to boost your frail ego.

        What ever floats lil’ Kissyoff

        • I gave service to the public and in exchange I got myself a GI Bill. It sounds like a fair trade. Give service to the public, get public money in return. I see no sort of trade being offered by the Million Students. I am more than open to expanding the GI program to other public services like police officer, park ranger, fire fighter, etc.

          Go ahead and believe what you want to believe boo boo, my fans are free to believe what they want to believe.

          xoxo – Kissyoff

    • So whoring yourself out to the government is better? Expect to be paying several times what you do right now in taxes. That is, if you even have a job aside from whining. How about growing up and realizing education is a private endeavor and not a right. And use your real name, Coward.

      • Funny how whoring yourself out to the government only applies to college and not the military. You do realize according to the Department of Education free higher education would cost around $62 billion. Now compare that to the F-35 jet program that is three years behind schedule and the tax payers paid around $400 billion on it.

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