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College Students Use Noodles To Get Point Across

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Aired 3/2/11

San Diego community college students say they can't afford to pay $300 more in student fees next year. They took to the streets of downtown San Diego on Wednesday to get that message across.

— San Diego community college students say they can not afford to pay an estimated $300 more in student fees next year.

San Diego City College students march through downtown San Diego with Top Ramen noodles on Wednesday to protest Governor Jerry Brown's proposed cuts to higher education.
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Above: San Diego City College students march through downtown San Diego with Top Ramen noodles on Wednesday to protest Governor Jerry Brown's proposed cuts to higher education.

They took to the streets of downtown San Diego on Wednesday to get that message across.

Taylor Lanore was one of about 80 community college students who marched through streets.

She and her fellow students dressed in black, held signs, and chanted for an end to budget cuts.

Lanore is frustrated Gov. Jerry Brown wants to raise her student fees.

Brown is proposing a 38 percent community college fee increase.

Lanore said that translates into a $300 increase for a full-time college student.

She and her fellow students carried $300 worth of Top Ramen noodles to symbolize the fee increase, which translates into more than 430 packages of the dry frozen noodle.

“The noodles are going to be what everyone is going to have to eat from now on if we have to pay more for schooling,” Lanore said. “It’s a really cheap food, and its not the best for you.”

The students dropped off the noodles at the governor’s satellite office downtown.

Students throughout California are holding rallies this week to protest possible cuts to higher education.

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