"Students United for a Free CUNY" protest escalates at Baruch NVC
Published: Sunday, November 20, 2011
Updated: Saturday, November 26, 2011 00:11
With a Board of Trustees meeting that was to include discussion on tuition issues being held on the 14th floor of Baruch College's Newman Vertical Campus, the site soon became the latest platform for the string of protests erupting throughout the City.
The protest was organized by a group called "Students United for a Free CUNY," which featured students from various City University of New York institutions and whose aim is to voice displeasure over the recent changes being made in the CUNY system, the rise of tuition among the top of the list.
At around 3 p.m., the protesters met at Madison Square Park to initiate protests in regards to the CUNY tuition hikes. The protesters made their way to Baruch College campus at a little after 4 p.m.
At approximately 5:30 p.m., the protesters rushed through the 25th street entrance, banging on the revolving doors against the resistance of the police. After they entered the lobby, at around 5:45 p.m., the police began to make arrests, a few of which required at least four or five police officers. There were approximately 15 arrests made, according to school officials.
The protesters have their main focus on eliminating the "Rational Tuition Plan," which aims to steadily increase CUNY tuition every semester for the next five years, according to the movement's press release.
"I am totally against the tuition hikes, that's mainly why everyone is here. We're protesting tuition hikes, we're protesting the federal grants that Congress is trying to reduce," a student at Baruch College said.
According to school officials, no Baruch student was among those arrested.
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Follow the link below to see footage from the protest at the NVC. Reported by The Ticker.
Additional reporting by Sean Creamer, Mathias Ask and Terrance Ross. Video by Cesar Quezada for The Ticker