CSU, Chico News

Large Crowd Gathers To Protest Budget Cuts

Date: 03-10-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

A student-organized rally on the California State University, Chico campus today, March 10, brought between 2,000 to 3,000 students together to protest budget cuts to the CSU and higher education.

The Action Rally for Chico State began at 11 a.m. with speeches on the courtyard of the Student Services Center. Speakers included Luis Munoz, director of MEChA, and Amro Jayousi, Associated Students director of legislative affairs, two of the rally organizers. CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg as well as CSU Board of Trustee members Glen Toney and Bob Linscheid – both CSU, Chico alumni – also spoke at the event.

Speakers called for a return to higher enrollments for state universities and higher state funding for education. Faculty and staff furloughs and increased student fees were criticized as obstacles to students seeking a college degree.

After the rally, students along with faculty and staff members marched through downtown Chico to City Plaza. Students passed out leaflets urging participants to write elected officials and attend future rallies and forums. Munoz said organizers intend to use the http://www.rallyforchicostate.com/ Web site to keep students informed about other events.

The Orion student newspaper has a special online edition about the rally — http://www.theorion.com/.