Students clustered around tables in the “free speech zone” outside of the University Bookstore Thursday to discuss controversial issues and connect with people who hold different political perspectives. Marketplace of Ideas, hosted by Young Americans for Liberty, was created to bring people together and encourage them to engage in political discussions. It was comprised of various political clubs on campus, including the Cal State Long Beach chapters of Turning Point USA, College Democrats and Students for Life. According to Jael Espinoza, senior political science and international studies major and YAL president, the groups planned the tabling event to raise awareness about political groups on campus. “We want to let our student body and campus community know that there is intellectual diversity on campus... and we actually support it,” Espinoza said. “We want to engage with the community in a completely peaceful and lawful way.” During the first hour of the event, Associated Students Inc. held a rally to protest the potential tuition increase for the 2018-19 school year. As members of the Students for Quality Education rallied against a CSU tuition increase over a megaphone, the smaller political groups competed to attract as much attention as possible despite the volume.
Over 30 students and faculty congregated around the doors of the California State University Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach Tuesday morning. As the crowd waited for the Board of Trustees meeting to begin, they stood in solidarity against the latest tuition hike. While it will be another two months of deliberation before the board officially votes on the proposed $288 increase, members of the California Faculty Association and Students for Quality Education were present not only to protest the increase but to offer a proposition to the trustees during the public comments section of the meeting — to ask California legislatures to increase funding. “We're here to express our concerns and to ask for them is to join us April 4,” said Courtney Yamagiwa, an organizer for the student group and Cal State Long Beach senior double majoring in consumer affairs and German studies. The group has organized an action in Sacramento to ask members of the legislature to give more funding in state universities. According to Elizabeth Chapin, manager of public affairs for the Office of the Chancellor, the trustees requested an additional $263 million in state funding for the 2018-19 school year. Since Governor Jerry Brown only approved
Trailing the announcement of a potential increase in tuition last November, the Cal State University Board of Trustees met Tuesday to discuss the issue again in more concrete terms. Going into the 2018-2019 academic and fiscal year, the board is requiring a state investment of $263 million and an additional $19.9 million in tuition revenue for their plan of five areas of investment, according to the Committee of Trustees’ minutes from the meeting. These areas of funding include the second year of Graduation Initiative 2025, compensation increases for all employee groups, enrollment growth of 1 percent, investment in critical infrastructure and mandatory cost increases for health care, minimum wage and retirement for faculty. Despite the state budget plan promising continued investment in higher education systems, only about $92.1 million is being allocated to the Cal State system. This will leave a $171 million gap that the board has two plans to close, the primary of which is an increase in tuition for students beginning fall 2018. The price hike would affect undergraduate students, with an increase of $228 per student, bringing annual tuition to $5,970 and creating about $69.8 million in new revenue to support the system’s operating budget. Though
Cal State Board of Trustees created conflict among students after their Sept. 19 meeting with the decision to raise executive administration pay within the Cal State University system. Michael Uhlenkamp, interim senior director of public affairs for Cal States, said that executive administrators, presidents and chancellors, received a pay raise of 2.5 percent. Cal State San Marcos’ President received a 10 percent raise, due to the fact that CSUSM’s president’s salary was already below the average president’s salary at other public universities in the state, such as those within the University of California system. “The employees of the college are our most critical asset and it’s important that we adequately compensate them whether that be faculty, staff or administrators,” Uhlenkamp said. Uhlenkamp also explained that Cal State administrators are paid less than their counterparts within and outside of the state of California. “We know that if you are working at or leading a CSU, that you are going to be making less than if you were doing that same job at a different institution,” Uhlenkamp said. As an example, the presidents of the Cal State system make anywhere from $200,000 to $450,000, with former San Diego State University President Elliot