Cal State Students Juice Kale and Protest Tuition Hikes
Students at California State University campuses protested as the Board of Trustees met today to discuss a controversial plan to increase presidential pay amid tuition hikes and a possible enrollment freeze.
Cal State Northridge students stepped it up a notch and declared a hunger strike last week. They juiced apple-kale-celery drinks for each other vowing to refuse solid food for at least week, according to the New York Times.
The presidential compensation plan would stop state-funded pay and instead pull money from voluntary school fund raisers. Discussions about the presidents' salary increases have infuriated students who have had their tuition increased six years in a row, including a 9% increase for the upcoming fall semester, according to the Los Angeles Times. The university also announced plans to freeze enrollment for the spring 2013 semester and wait-list applicants.
Cal State faculty are scheduling peaceful demonstrations of their own over salary, health benefits and other terms of a new contract.