(Las Vegas) – Yesterday, the UNLV College Republicans protested UNLV’s CSUN Student Body President Sarah Saenz during an event she hosted to buy lunch for students, up to $500 in value, in order to speak with them about the 8% tuition increase passed last week by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents. The organization was passing out free lemonade, along with literature that read, “Students were sold out, and all we got was this lemonade.” The protest was in response to a blog written by Saenz which told students it was “time to make some lemonade,” after she publicly endorsed a tuition increase of “up to 8%.”
“Spending students’ own fees on free pizza in order to explain why she supported the increase is the final insult,” said Thomas McAllister, president-elect of the UNLV College Republicans. “The entire CSUN Executive Board could have gone table to table in the food court speaking with hundreds of students, without spending a dime of our money, but they chose not to.”
Saenz, and members of her Executive Board, were standing in front of Metro Pizza, in UNLV’s Student Union food court, to greet students between 1pm and 3pm. Students who chose to dine at this particular location had their lunches paid for by Saenz, who is allowed to spend up to $500 without approval from the CSUN Senate. The College Republicans, which included three CSUN senators, spoke to students until the lemonade ran out, despite being asked to leave by UNLV’s Event Services Department.
“Students have a right to be fully informed,” added McAllister. “Our organization has stood up for students all year, and we’re not going to stop now.”
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