12/09/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Mass. Group Walks 114 Miles To Protest Higher Ed Cuts

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.

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