UC Regents and Rally Meeting: Reflection
– Written by staff writer Grace Yim
The University of California Regents meeting on November 28th was accompanied by the small but loud and pasionate student protesters.
UCLA graduate student Jason Ball says protesters are expressing outrage over UCLA budget cuts and fee hikes, bank bailouts and economic injustice.
Irene Tran, a fourth year UCI student and Education major, drove all the way from Orange County to participate in this early protest. “We cannot allow the regents to make serious budget cuts without expressing our concern,” she said.
Students’ frustration and anger was directed at the raise in tuition and cuts in important programs such as tutoring and study services.
As a UCLA student, I experience the effects of the budget cuts on a daily basis. My classes are increasingly harder to get into, discussion classrooms can barely fit all 40 students and my free Covel tutoring services have shrunk.