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Student Protests Continue at New Mexico, Wayne State

April 15, 1989

Undated (AP) _ Students at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and Wayne State University in Detroit occupied buildings Saturday in sit-ins aimed at rolling back a tuition increase and boosting black studies.

UNM President Gerald May, whose outer office has been held since Tuesday, said Friday the school’s regents would meet as soon as possible to reconsider a $50-a-semester tuition increase to help pay for faculty raises.

Protesters said they would continue the sit-in but promised to tidy May’s office, which has become cluttered with bedrolls, books and paper cups.

Students began camping out in the office on Tuesday after regents approved an increase that would bring tuition and fees to $686 a semester. About 40 students took part Saturday. May has continued to use his inner office.

In Detroit, black students who have occupied a Wayne State building since Wednesday said they will meet with administrators Monday to discuss their demands for stepped-up minority student and faculty recruitment and a requirement that each faculty member teach a course in an African-related subject.

They agreed to the meeting after receiving assurances that protesters would not be removed while their leaders were away.

At least 70 students were in the student center, university spokesman Robert Wartner said late Friday. The school suspended operations at building, where students register for classes, pay fees and apply for student aid.

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