A college students' group protested in downtown Raleigh Wednesday morning against suggestions that proposed cuts for the state's public universities could include closing some University of North Carolina system campuses.
About a dozen protesters from the NC Student Power Union demonstrated outside the North Carolina Department of Administration building on West Jones Street, saying Gov. Pat McCrory's proposed budget cuts to the UNC system could price many students out of getting a university education.
"I've worked hard to be able to go to school," said Western Carolina University student Thomas Allison. "We've seen tuition increase and we've seen budget cuts, and we see the effects in all of our schools. I don't want to lose my education and I'm willing to work for it, but if it gets too much, there's only so much you can do."
In a Power Union statement Wednesday, UNC-Greensboro student Carla Guzman said eliminating campuses would hurt historically black colleges and universities as well as schools in rural, poor communities.
"All North Carolina public universities are essential to the local economies they are a part of. The way to grow our state’s economy is not to cut our children’s future or divest from education. We should be investing more resources into quality public education. We cannot tolerate any further attacks on working families and public schools.”