Wired.com highlights Nov 21 CUNY tuition hike protests

Wired.com highlights CUNY tuition hike protests on November 21, 2011.

On Monday afternoon, a contingent of a several hundred students marched from Madison Square in Manhattan to a Board of Trustees hearing across town at Baruch College, part of the City University of New York. CUNY, as it’s called, was formerly a mostly free network of colleges, funded by the city and the state. But since the city’s financial meltdown in 1975, it has charged tuition for some students. However, according to a CUNY spokesperson, 58.8 percent still pay nothing, due to their financial need.

A handful of students had registered to speak at the hearing on the 14th floor of Baruch’s William and Anita Newman building. The hearing was open to all kinds of topics; the students planned to address tuition increases.

Meanwhile, roughly 100 others held a boisterous “general assembly” meeting in the first-floor lobby. Accounts differ about who started shoving, but ultimately the students were pushed out by CUNY security guards, and 15 were arrested. Students blame CUNY, using videos they shot as evidence. CUNY blames the students.

Full story here: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/11/cuny-protests/all/1