|Photo: Tmuna Fish|
Today at approximately 2:00 pm, the sidewalks around 68th Street and Lexington Avenue are likely get very crowded as Hunter College students plan a walk out. According to a communique sent by email late last night, they’re protesting a “proposed tuition hike, budget cuts, and faculty and staff layoffs at CUNY.” Additionally, students at BMCC are planning a rally at 3:00 pm. This will be followed by a demonstration around 4:00 pm at City Hall by One New York Coalition, which represents the “United Federation of Teachers and 75 other unions.”
Basically all the groups are pissed off at Governor Patersonâ€”who faces lower approval ratings than Spitzer did after the hooker news brokeâ€”with his plan to slash and burn CUNY budgets to balance the budget. Unlike their fancy, better funded counterparts at NYU and the New School, CUNY students aren’t planning on occupying or storming any food courtsâ€”everyone knows the food sucks at the city’s colleges.