The 10 marchers, slightly haggard but determined, trekked 114 miles from Pittsfield to the foot of the State House to deliver a message yesterday to legislators: Massachusetts' public colleges and universities are in a free fall after enduring years of budget cuts.
Campuses have faced layoffs. Student fees have skyrocketed. And the number of full-time professors is dwindling while enrollments spike. "We're seeing campuses get squeezed to the limit,'' said Alex Kulenovic, a recent UMass Boston graduate and organizing director of the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts, which spearheaded the march.