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Halifax students greet Legislature with "MLA Walk of Shame"

by Katie Toth

Students yelled "Fuck high fees" and held signs saying "Reduce Fees, Drop Debt"
King's student Marina Gwynne playing a xylophone keyboard
Protesters move towards alternate entrance of Province House
King's Student Union executive Anna Bishop plays an acoustic rendition of the Backstreet Boys' "I Want it That Way" with alternate lyrics by Melanie Higgins
"2000+ students can't be wrong", says a sign by NSCAD's Students' Union Chair Robyn Touchie
Tension between security and protesters dissolved quickly.
King's student Jess Geddes is sad about proposals to increase tuition
King's student Lisa Todd holds a poster saying "Darrell Dexter and his Caucus of Clowns"
Sign reads: "Hey MLAS: 83% of Nova Scotians support reducing tuition fees. Why don't you?"

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Almost 75 students surrounded the front and back entrances of Province House on Mar. 31, 2011. They were fighting a government proposal to cut post-secondary education funding by 4 per cent and allow tuition fees to increase by 3 per cent.

"The ultimate goal was to show our [government] that we're not going anywhere," said Kate Stinson, the women's representative for the Students' Union of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (SUNSCAD). 

Natasha Kryzyewski, President of SUNSCAD, was unable to attend the Walk of Shame, but was on the Planning Committee for the event. "We wanted to be the first faces that they see when they come back... because we remember the promises they made to us for years before they got put in power as the governing party," she said.

"They weren't just election promises. It was their party stance that they would prioritize education, and we haven't forgotten."

Midway through the protest, Canadian Federation of Students Maritimes Organiser Rebecca Rose said that in response to student pressure on the Office of Advanced Education, "we have gotten a meeting with Minister Marilyn More [...] for today after the Throne Speech."  

Students cheered and continued to protest until well after 2pm, chanting "What do we want? Reduced tuition" and  "Fuck high fees!"

Katie Toth is the Women's Liason Officer for the Canadian Federation of Students. Natasha Kryzyewski is her roommate.



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