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IU on Strike leads march across campus

POSTED AT 11:29 AM ON Apr. 11, 2013  (UPDATED AT 07:19 PM ON Apr. 11, 2013)

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article STORY: IU on Strike protests across campus

The doors to Ballantine Hall were pushed open, and shouts of "Raise Hell, not tuition!" echoed through the halls. Students came to the doorways of classrooms to watch as nearly 250 participants in IU on Strike reached one of the last stops on their march across campus to protest tuition hikes, wage freezes and lack of diversity at IU, among other things.

Strikers congregated at the red clock tower behind Woodburn Hall at 10:30 a.m. and began marching at 11 a.m. Strikers wore red patches of felt pinned to their chests to show "solidarity for the struggle of students around the country."

Half a dozen IU Police Department officers followed behind the strikers on bike.

The strikers marched behind the Indiana Memorial Union, past the Chemistry Building, into the old Crescent, and then back to Ballantine, where they then flooded the second floor and called out for IU students currently in class to join them.

Along the marching route, students hung out of windows in classrooms in buildings above to cheer on the strikers.

The march will end where it began, at 12:30 p.m. at Woodburn Hall after a stop at the School of Education at 11:30 a.m.. At 1 p.m., they will be marching to the Board of Trustees meeting, followed by a "block party" at 2:30 p.m. on Forrest Avenue between Ballantine and Woodburn.

— Hannah Smith

 

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