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Occupy Movement Hits MSU Campus Today

Students protesting tuition hikes, student loan debt, and a general squeezing of the students


Students for a Democratic Society will host the Occupation of Montclair State University starting today, "involving tents and grass and police and the whole nine yards."

Mark Ludas, a spokesman for the movement, said "we are protesting tuition hikes, student loan debt, and general squeezing of the students as a result of the irresponsible actions of the 1 percent."

According to a press release issued late Sunday, Montclair State University (MSU) will be the site of its very own on-campus occupation organized by Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) for all students from April 16 to April 20. The purpose of the Occupy MSU movement is to raise awareness of the problems that students face not just at MSU but also on the state and national level.

The central issue is the rising cost of tuition, which now comprises 51 percent of MSU’s budget. Student debt has reached one trillion dollars worldwide, and the lack of administrative transparency at MSU now necessitates a bold display of student power.

In addition to protesting tuition hikes and other issues, SDS will provide entertainment and informative activities throughout the occupation, including guest speakers (such as Socialist candidate for U.S. Senate Greg Pason), teach-ins, and musical performances.

Food will be provided free of charge from The People’s Kitchen, while an art tent will host a 24-hour safe zone for free expression.

Occupy MSU will be accepting donations, whether in the form of funds, supplies, or contributions to events. But the greatest donation a student, faculty- or staff-member, visitor, or anyone else can make, is to stand with Occupy MSU.

Check out the movement here on Facebook.


WHO: The students of Montclair State University hosted by Students for a Democratic Society.
WHAT: The Occupation of Montclair State University
WHEN: Beginning the week of April 16
WHERE: Montclair State University’s Student Center Quad
WHY: To protest rising tuition, student debt, and better funding for higher education
HOW: Setting up tents and tables, speaking out, raising awareness, and challenging the status quo.

Milan Moravec April 17, 2012 at 05:04 AM
A shocking picture of inept UC Berkeley senior management. With the recommendations of Cal. Chancellor Birgeneau, Provost George Breslauer allowed campus police to use excessive force - rammed baton jabs - on students protesting Birgeneau‘s doubling of instate tuition. Resignation of Birgeneau is necessary, but not sufficient, fire Breslauer. Email your opinion; UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu
Daniel April 18, 2012 at 03:02 AM
excuse me but ill have you know that students pay much more than just tuition. Students are forced to pay not just other fees applied but also pay for the infrastructure of the school that the State of NJ is supposed to pay for. Montclair State is a "public university" that is supposed to be helped funded by the state but instead that isnt the case. Lack of transparency is another issue and a problem when investigating where exactly all of the students money is going to. If you went to college than you more than someone who never had the opportunity should have some sort of sympathy.
Right of Center April 18, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Daniel, 50% of the total budget for MSU comes from sources other than tuition. The students finance only half the University's cost! How much more do you want?
Milan Moravec April 18, 2012 at 04:22 AM
In spite of eligibility University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau ($450.000 salary), Provost Breslauer ($306,000 salary) shed thousands of instate applicants. Qualified instate applicants to public Cal. are replaced by a $50,600 payment from born abroad affluent foreign and affluent out of state students. And, Birgeneau subsidizes affluent foreign and affluent out of state tuition in the guise of diversity while he doubles instate tuition/fees. Cal. is not increasing enrollment. Birgeneau/Breslauer accept $50,600 foreign students and displaces qualified instate Californians (When depreciation of tax funded assets are included (as they should be), out of state and foreign tuition is more than $100,000 and does NOT subsidize instate tuition). Going to Cal. is now more expensive than Harvard, Yale.
DaHash April 18, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Right of Center, first of all calling someone brat, really, how mature!!!! Second, what department do you work at and how much do you make????? Not all kids are brats!!!! Some work very hard to get through 4 years of college and i know my daughter will be working very hard afterwards to pay off her enormous student loans. So please stop the name calling and just let them demonstrate peacefully.


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