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Protesters Ask USC: What Are We Paying For?

Rising tuition costs and executive pay are making faculty and students demand change from USC administration.

Members of USC Forward, a group of students, faculty and community members fighting for “a better USC”, gathered outside Bovard Auditorium on USC’s campus today to protest tuition hikes and low wages for USC faculty.

About 200 protesters participated in the march. They handed out flyers with the headline “WTF are we paying for?”

Faculty members who were present stressed that while executive compensation has “skyrocketed,” faculty wages continue to remain stagnant.

Photo via USC Forward
Photo via USC Forward

Students noted that just yesterday, USC announced a $270 million plan to renovate the Los Angeles coliseum, at a time when tuition is the highest in USC’s history.

Photo via USC Forward
Photo via USC Forward

Tuition has increased 92% since 2001, and students asked President C.L. Max Nikias to tell them where this money is going.

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