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Purchase College Students Protest Overpriced Tuition

Purchase College LogoOn October 5, 2011, the main campus mall at Purchase College was filled with students who were holding signs to show their support of higher education. The students decided to “occupy” their campus, similar to the New York City Occupy Wall Street protests that have been going on recently, in order to show their displeasure with budget cuts that are affecting higher education.

“What we are doing here is for the 99 percent,” said Dan Nation, a student at the school. “It’s time somebody does something to cut the corporate greed. We can’t afford our own education.”

The students are rallying against “overpriced tuition.” This is not the first time that students at Purchase have protested against budget cuts. In fact, they have been protesting annually for the past few years and even have had the support of the school’ s president, Thomas J. Schwarz. However, some students think that these protests really are not accomplishing much.

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How Some Colleges Are Dealing With Dorm Room Shortages

dorm roomMany schools require freshmen to live in on-campus dormitories. These dorms are a great idea because they allow the students to live on campus for relatively cheap, not have to worry about issues with a bad landlord, and provide a sense of community and security.

I lived in the dorms during my freshman year and absolutely loved it. Sure, they were not necessarily fancy, but they had their perks: I did not have to find a parking spot at my crowded campus, my bed was literally 10 minutes away from my first class, it was cheap, and I became great friends with my roommate. When you look at it this way, it is no wonder that many upperclassmen decide they want to continue living in the dorms after they are no longer required to. But what happens if there are not enough dorms for all of the students who want to live there? Read the rest of this entry »


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