BOT passes tuition hike in the midst of another student protest
Published: Monday, November 28, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 10:03
With an unexpected turn of events that occurred during the Monday, Nov. 21 protests, CUNY and the NYPD prepared accordingly for Occupy CUNY’s latest strike; the protesters made their way from Madison Square Park to Baruch College at around 4 p.m. as the Board of Trustees meeting was to take place at 4:30.
The protesters started gathering around the 25th entrance. Barricades were set up to allow the protesters to fill the area, but still allowing traffic to move through. As more protesters began to gather, the police moved the barricades further to allow more space.
The protests targeted the same tuition hike issue as the previous one. The sentiment of Baruch students seems to be the same: stop the hike.
“I feel a lot of pros and cons about the protest; I don’t feel that its fair to raise tuition $300 a year. It doesn’t affect students who have low incomes because they will have it covered with financial aid,” said Victor Munoz, a sophomore and finance major.
“We’re all in this together,” added sophomore Harry Dana. “Money does affect me. I have two jobs, I work at the Apple store and a web design store. Tuition is hard for me, I pay it by month and every dollar counts. That’s my opinion, and you know what, if we have the opportunity to share our voice, then I’m going to take that opportunity.”
As the numbers of protesters gathered, they began to march around the entire Baruch College campus, prompting the College to close down the 25th street entrance to the library building.
The meeting, which began at 4:30 p.m., voted upon whether to pass the tuition hike or not. The entire Board, except University Student Senate Chair Kafui Kouakou, voted for the Tuition hike at approximately 5:30 p.m.
According to Goldstein, 6 out of 10 students attended the university free of charge and that under the new legislation, and will be granted the difference due to the hike, if tuition exceeds $5,000.
At around the same time that the meeting concluded, the protesters began to vacate the 25th street area and began moving towards the 23rd street building. At the time they began to move, it did not seem that the protesters had knowledge of the tuition hike being approved.
The protesters are currently at Gramercy Park, still apparently without full knowledge of the BOT result.
UPDATE: 6:34 p.m. A number of the protesters have made their way back to Baruch College and are currently in front of the 25th Street entrance.
UPDATE: 6:53 p.m. Some of the protesters are currently leaving the area; police still surrounding the entrance.
Look for the full version of the article in the next print issue of The Ticker on Monday.
Additional reporting by Sean Creamer, Mathias Ask, Terrance Ross, Iyana Robertson, Caroline Albanese, Aly Cohen, Ashleigh Baker and Elisabeth Greenberg.