Zombie students ‘bemoan’ tuition hikes

Shannon Dalberg and John HuttonBrian CrouseDaltry Campbell-LemireRebecca Rose(Left to right) Daltry Campbell-Lemire, Sarah Trower, and Anne Dahl from NSCAD
More than 30 students limped, shuffled, and dragged themselves to the Old Burying Ground on Barrington Street to protest tuition increases and funding cuts at Nova Scotia universities. The march was sponsored by the DSU, KSU, and NSCAD student union.
Students from Dalhousie, King's, NSCAD, and Mount Saint Vincent dressed up for the undead-themed rally Night of the Living Debt. Many students moaned “brains” as they made their way down Spring Garden Road.
John Hutton, a DSU organizer of Night of the Living Debt, wants government to reverse tuition hikes and invest more money in post-secondary education.
In October the Dexter government announced a three per cent cut to university funding in 2013, amounting to a $10-million loss for the province's 10 universities.
The average undergraduate tuition in Nova Scotia increased 3.7 per cent – from $5,722 in 2011/2012 to $5,934 in 2012/2013. Only Ontario undergraduates pay higher average tuition.
Rebecca Rose, Maritime organizer at the Canadian Federation of Students, believes a three per cent tuition increase and a three per cent funding cut to universities will bury graduates in debt.
The Canadian Federation of Students reports Nova Scotia students average $31,000 in debt by graduation.