UC Berkeley students walk by Sather Tower on the UC Berkeley campus April 17, 2007
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With the University of California considering tuition hikes of 8 to 16 percent over the next four years, a student-led comedy troupe plans to strike back.
Next Wednesday, the UC Movement for Efficient Privatization, a satirical group led by graduate students formed in 2009, plans to hold an "Equality Bake Sale," to let the campus know that "all students have the right to be ripped off equally." The bake sale is a parody of the "Diversity Bake Sale" held by a campus Republican group last month. The group set off a controversy when it published a price list for baked goods that varied according to the buyer's race, ethnicity and gender.
The UC Movement for Efficient Privatization wants to use the "Equality Bake Sale" to draw attention to the University's reliance on tuition increases and what it sees as the institution's move to privatize.
"For years, sniveling students at the UC have echoed the same snot-nosed complaint: massive tuition hikes are unfair," the group said in a flyer for the upcoming event. "Like the magnanimous Regents and administrators of the University of California, we here at the UC Movement for Efficient Privatization (UCMeP) ardently believe that all students have the right to pay equally exorbitant amounts to attend the UC, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or national/geographic origin."
The bake sale is scheduled for 12 to 2 p.m. on Oct. 12 at Sproul Plaza at UC, Berkeley.
A copy of the group's flyer is available on their website.