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N.C. State students protest fee increase

Posted October 14, 2009 6:34 p.m. EDT
Updated October 14, 2009 10:24 p.m. EDT

— North Carolina State University students are protesting a student fee increase they say they voted against.

The $83 increase would cover renovation costs to the Talley Student Center and Atrium Food Court.

In an Oct. 5 student government election, more than 60 percent of students voted against the fee increase. The following day the N.C. State Student Senate passed a resolution to approve the fee.

The student center was opened in 1971 when the university had an enrollment of about 14,000 students.

The renovations are in direct response to the school’s increased enrollment, according to Rally 4 Talley, an online campaign in support of the project.

The renovations would add more food options, relocate the north campus bookstore to the atrium and offer more space for student programs.

Nearly 100 protesters are expected to speak at Wednesday’s Student Senate Meeting at the Witherspoon Student Center.

A final decision on the fee will be made by the UNC System's Board of Governors at their February 2010 meeting, according to T. Greg Doucette, president of the UNC-system Association of Student Governments.