DENVER -- On a cool, crisp fall day the message could be heard loud and clear. They called it the Million Student March.
Hundreds of colleges from coast to coast participated today in peaceful protest. They want to see three fundamental changes in higher education. “They are demanding a debt free future in the sense of cancellation of all student debt. They are demanding tuition free higher education and a $15 an hour minimum wage for all campus workers,” said Kelsey Smith, Student Labor Action Project organizer.
Over 100 Auraria campus students showed up, dropped banners from buildings, chanted and marched in the peaceful protest. “I think these are very lofty demands but I don’t think they’re unachievable. I think it’s about time we demand something this drastic because if we just keep asking for crumbs we’re never going to get a piece of the pie,” Smith said.
Professor of political science at Metropolitan State University Norman Provizer said how much impact the Million Student March actually has remains to be seen, but the students’ concerns are legitimate. “The discussion is legitimate. The solutions are subject to debate.”
The protest ended with a cordial and symbolic presentation of a bonus check made payable to Metropolitan State University President Dr. Stephen Jordan. If President Jordan won’t meet and discuss the student’s demands, they say, it’s back to the drawing board.