Humboldt State University students walked out of class at noon today to protest a proposed tuition hike. Photojournalist Mark McKenna captured the rally as it took place. For more information about the rally, click here.
Estevan Hernandez, gave an impassioned speech about the CSU system. Hernandez graduated from Sacramento State University in 2011 with a degree in anthropology. He was in town visiting friends and plans to get involved with student action on the Sacramento State campus when he returns home.
Music Major Elisha Moore, center, cheers on a speaker. Moore, who transferred from San Diego to HSU, said the hike would hit her financially saying, “I can’t afford it.”
Psychology Major Nick, who did not want to give his last name, said that it was very frustrating after traveling 40 minutes from his home in Carlotta to the HSU that it is impossible to find parking on campus saying he has had to park as far away as the Safeway parking lot.
HSU Senior Chey King addressed the crowd saying that in the CSU system 1 in 10 students are homeless and 1 in 5 are food insecure.
HSU freshman Gabriela Zamora addressed the crowd in Spanish saying it was her first language, which received cheers from the crowd.
Self described “super senior” Holly Lemyre assisted students in signing an online petition.
Oliver Winfield-Perez, right, an HSU sophomore studying Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality and minoring in Early Childhood Development, signs an online petition regarding the fee hikes.
Student organizer Briana Yah-Diaz photographs students holding up sheets of paper they wrote on with how the tuition hike would affect them. The papers were being collected so they could be sent to Sacramento.
Humboldt State Associated Students President Jonah Platt spoke first to students on the HSU Quad that gathered after a student walkout to protest a proposed tuition hike.