At California State, Protesters Start a Fast

The fasting protest was the latest display of anger at the 23 California State University campuses. The system has lost roughly $970 million in state financing since 2008, and administrators have said they have no choice but to increase tuition.

But while California’s governor and Legislature are responsible for the state budget that the system relies on, university administrators have received the brunt of student and faculty furor. Protesters say the administration has allocated too much money for their own salaries and perks, and not enough for faculty and facilities. Negotiations with the faculty union have broken down.

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