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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 May 2010
Everything for sale
Not content with taking thousands of pounds a year off us already, Huddersfield University is charging £15 a ticket to attend its graduation ceremony and £10 to watch the ceremony via a video link.
Sam Bell, Huddersfield Socialist Students
Despite already paying £3,000+ a year in fees we are still expected to pay to have family and friends watch us graduate. Families are rightly proud of their loved ones' achievements, and don't want to miss their graduation ceremony. Also, students who choose to wear a gown, and most do, have to pay to hire one for the day.
This all boils down to government policies. They spend billions on bailing out banks, unjust wars, trident nuclear weapons, private finance initiatives, etc, rather than on services like education, hospitals and housing.
Yet we shouldn't take this lying down. If enough of us make a fuss, with petitions and noisy protests, we will have an effect.
Campaign meeting: Thursday 13 May, University of Huddersfield Students' Union, 5pm.
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In The Socialist 5 May 2010:
Prepare for battle
Environment and socialism
Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster: Stop the polluters!
Socialist Party campaigns
Angry Jarvis workers protest
Finance a socialist future!
Patronising and arrogant: Lib Dems and Tories show true colours
Workers celebrate May Day: Marching together against the bosses' attacks
Socialist Party news and analysis
EDL racists challenged in Aylesbury
Bring the killers of Blair Peach to face justice
Socialist activist starts hunger strike
Socialist Party Marxist analysis
Eurozone hit by debt crises
Higher education students and staff: Get ready to fight after the election
Huddersfield University: Everything for sale
Tower Hamlets mayoral referendum
The Socialist 5 May 2010 |
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