Boston Students Protest Spiraling Education Costs

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Dozens of Northeastern University students joined a nationwide student walk-out Wednesday to support the Occupy Wall Street movements against what they say is corporate control of government and spiraling education costs. About 300 members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association also joined the rally for the first time, with an official saying the move would add resources and lend credibility to the cause.

About 200 drum-playing and chanting students met on campus before joining the Occupy Wall Street movements that have spread to cities around the country, including Boston. Many went to Dewey Square to join the Occupy Boston protest, where members of one of the largest unions also gathered.

"We're letting inequality build in this country and there's not enough resistance," said senior international affairs major Andrea Gordillo, of Sarasota, Fla.

"There are real bread and butter issues in this country -- like the future of Social Security and our parents' retirement -- that aren't being taken care of now, and we're the ones who are going to be called on to fix that," she said of her generation.

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