CSU system-wide ‘Day of Action’ protest advocates against tuition increase

Students protest against the CSU increasing tuition for the 2017-2018 school year Photo credit: Danny Arriaza

Students gathered at Matador Square Tuesday during a silent protest in response to the California State University tuition increase.

Students involved in the protest put duct tape on their mouths and made signs with statements about public education and the lack of state funding.

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Sabrina Aguilar, 23, and Kenya Lopez, 21, join the protest with handmade signs Photo credit: Danny Arriaza

Jeremy Mauritzen, and 21-year-old junior and deaf studies and child development double major, said the day is all about education and thinking about what the tuition increase means to students who will be affected.

“Today we are having a day of action focused on the recently approved tuition increase by the board of trustees, with an emphasis on encouraging our legislature to fully fund the CSU and their support budget request,” Mauritzen said.

Mauritzen spent the last year as chair of legislative affairs and regularly speaks with students about the struggles they face in regards to affording college and paying for school necessities. He said the CSU’s are in an unfortunate place because the state is refusing to give the proper school funding.

The system-wide day of action included all 23 CSU campuses taking action in their own way in opposition to the tuition increase.

Jonathan Banks, a 21-year-old senior and accounting major, wants to make a stand for students and show they can demonstrate how they feel about the hike.

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AS Senator Jonathan Banks, 21, helps students make signs for the protest Photo credit: Danny Arriaza

“I’m an Associated Students senator, but I’m here volunteering,” Banks said. “This is me as a student and I wanted to come out to something that I really care for.”

Banks aims to bring awareness to students by using the hashtag #chooseCSU to comment on how students feel about tuition raises. He said the tuition increase is out of many students’ budgets and believes it’s unfair that the state system says they don’t have the money.

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This sign and its hashtag was seen surrounding matador square Photo credit: Danny Arriaza

Biology major Marco Pastrano, 21, attended the protest to support his friends and family that are affected.

“Raising tuition for college is not something that is encouraging quality education in this country because it’s making it even harder for a person to pay their tuition,” Pastrano said. “It’s putting a hold for people to get their quality education.”