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SSU students plan camp-out to protest budget cuts

Sonoma State University students are joining their counterparts around California this week to protest budget cuts.

At least 50 students are expected to take part in a 24-hour camp-out on university grounds beginning Wednesday to call attention to potential fee increases and caps on classes that are likely to take effect next semester.

"This is to raise awareness and work out how to work with administrators so they can make better choices," said Kia Kolderup-Lane, a senior helping to organize this week's events.

Students will erect tents Wednesday morning on the lawn outside Stevenson Hall, she said.

Various actions are planned at all 23 CSU campuses, and faculty strikes are set to take place Thursday at the East Bay and Dominguez Hills campuses of the California State University system.

Key points of dispute at SSU are the cap on classes and the elimination of a mandatory leadership class for student mentors and residential advisors, Kolderup-Lane said.

Also high on the list is a proposed 9 percent fee hike that CSU trustees, dealing with a $650 million budget cut, will consider Wednesday. It would come after successive 12 and 10 percent increases in the last academic year.

Full-time SSU students pay $5,613 in combined tuition and fees a year, second highest in the 23-campus system, according to the university.

On Thursday, a four-hour sit-in is scheduled to take place in the university's main administration building, Salazar Hall.


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