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University Students Continue To Rise Up Against Budget Cuts

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Aired 11/3/09

Several hundred San Diego State University students rallied today against deep budget cuts to the California State University system. One part of the rally included a student walkout.

A fake coffin made by SDSU art students symbolizes cuts to higher education.
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Above: A fake coffin made by SDSU art students symbolizes cuts to higher education.

Student leaders are urging their classmates to support Assembly Bill 656.
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Above: Student leaders are urging their classmates to support Assembly Bill 656.

— Several hundred San Diego State University students rallied today against deep budget cuts to the California State University system. One part of the rally included a student walkout.

SDSU students took their message to the steps of university president Stephen Weber's office. They want smaller classes for all students, no new fees or fee increases, and an end to employee furloughs and layoffs.

A similar student walkout took place at UC San Diego two months ago.

Students say more student advocacy groups are forming in response to the situation.

Amanda Macias is with SDSU's student group Revolution 102. She says this kind of student activism hasn't taken place in years.

"We're paying so much for our education and getting so much less," Macias said. "As midterms come around I think it's finally setting in. I think now is a better time than ever."

College students are urging their classmates to support Assembly Bill 656, which would tax oil and natural gas companies. The money would help fund higher education.

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