#TheWalkingDebt—Students stage Halloween protest against tuition/fee hikes

Students and faculty on Monday donned their zombie make-up to stagger around the CSU Dominguez Hills campus as zombie victims of #TheWalkingDebt.

It culminated in a 270 second die-in to symbolize the $270 tuition hike being contemplated by the CSU Trustees and Chancellor. See it on Facebook Live / See it on Univision

Elizabeth Cabral, of Students for Quality Education announced, “Next we will take the protest to the Trustees meeting Nov 15 and 16. Student groups are working together to be there to say we won’t accept a tuition increase.”

CFA Dominguez Hills Chapter Co-President Kirti Celly spoke about growing student debt after the zombie action. She said, “We stand with students. The CSU should not once again burden students with increased tuition.”

In a news release before the Halloween action, SQE wrote, “Between 2002-2012, tuition in the CSU went up 283%, making this generation of CSU students pay more for their education than ever before in history. This year marks the end of a CSU statewide tuition freeze that students fought for, and Chancellor White has already suggested a 5% tuition increase.”

The California State Student Association also has taken a position opposing the tuition increases. They have posted a statement from CSSA President David Lopez on the CSSA Facebook page.

Students also are tweeting #DearBOT to explain to the CSU Trustees what a tuition hike means to them. See SQE on Facebook to post your story and to share #DearBOT posts on your Facebook page.