Day of Action Called to Protest Fee Increases

Calling upon the spirit of protests past, students from the UC campuses have declared Nov. 16 to be the UC Unity Day of Action against a proposed 8-percent tuition increase.

Students from various UC campuses will unite at the UC Board of Regents meeting held from Nov. 16 and 18 to lobby against the fee increases proposed in UC President Mark G. Yudof’s Nov. 8 open letter to California. If passed, the fees will go into effect during the 2011-12 school year.

Nov. 16 marks the start of a three-day meeting for the UC Board of Regents held at UC San Francisco, where officials will propose actions such as decreasing pensions and raising fees to stabilize the UC budget deficit. According to A.S. Vice President of External Affairs Michael Lam, the board will vote on the 8-percent fee hikes on Nov. 18, the last day of the meeting.

Delegations of students from various UC campuses ­—mainly those geographically closer to UCSF — will travel to the Regents meeting on Nov. 17 and 18 to lobby and protest against the fee hike.

Lam said that there is not a delegation representing UCSD students going to UCSF.

“We are not sending a delegation because that Thursday — the Thursday when the fee hike will be proposed and voted on — is Founders’ Day here at UCSD,” Lam said. “The administration that we want to reach will be here at UCSD.”

Distance and unfamiliarity with the UCSF campus also made traveling to lobby unlikely.

“Last year the Regents’ meeting was at UCLA,” Lam said. “This year it’s at UCSF, a graduate school that is much farther away and much less accessible.”

He added that the A.S. External Affairs office plans to broadcast the Regents meeting live on Thursday on Library Walk so students can hear the proposal for the fee hike.

“We will broadcast the proposal to inform the students about the fee increase, “ Lam said. “We do stand in solidarity with the other UC campuses that are going.”

UC Berkeley and UC Davis are two of the campuses that will send students to UCSF to lobby against the fee hikes.

The 8-percent increase will occur on top of the 32-percent increase that passed during the Regents’ meeting last November.

If implemented, tuition and student fees will increase by $822 next year, resulting in a total annual fee of $12,150.

After the meeting next week, the Regents will meet on the UCSD campus from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20. Since more people will be informed about the fee hikes by then, Lam said that A.S. External Affairs office is planning a rally.

“The fee hikes will most likely pass [this November],” said Lam. “ We are planning something big for when the UC Board of Regents comes down here [for there next meeting].”

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