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SACRAMENTO BEE: Cal State students end hunger strike after 10 days
May 11, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- A student group says a dozen California State University students have ended their hunger strike to protest fee hikes and administrator raises after 10 days. A spokesperson for Students for Quality Education says students who ended their fast were cheered by State Senator Ted Lieu's call for Chancellor Charles Reed's resignation.
Reed maintains that the 23-campus system needs to offer better salaries in order to lure top talent to the presidents' posts. The system is undergoing a wave of retirements. Students say plush compensation packages with housing and car allowances for administrators are unacceptable in a time when their tuitions are being hiked and classes are being slashed.
Students want to roll back administrator salaries to 1999 levels. One hunger striker was reported hospitalized last week and has since recovered.