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Peshawar University students' protest continues on third day

Peshawar University students' protest continues on third day

Once the Senate bill passes, lawmakers will have to reach an agreement for a final bill.

"Congress gave our research enterprise a strong vote of confidence this year with increased funding for agencies like the National Institutes of Health, but that funding relies on universities and graduate students to carry out those grants", UNC System President Margaret Spellings said in a statement.

"Some people did walk out, but some of these people are wanting to get out but didn't have classes, so this is a way for them to participate", said Austin Baker, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Philosophy and member of the Rutgers Union.

"Stand up, fight back!" the crowd of more than 100 people responded, roaring in protest of a proposed tax plan that would force graduate students to pay thousands of dollars in extra income taxes, if passed. This additional burden would make higher education increasingly unaffordable for graduate students, many of whom are already living at or below the poverty line. He sees only the stipend he is paid as a graduate assistant for a couple of 4000-level courses. "I don't live extravagantly". I don't know what I would do if my vehicle broke down.

Francis said he didn't have data on how many private college employees use tuition waivers in any given year. "Regardless of the outcome of this process, we will continue to support students and staff from all backgrounds and work to make educational opportunity as accessible as possible". "The idea that we would discourage undergraduates from pursuing higher education when it's a net benefit to universities and the USA - it seems very weird".

Research universities have not done a very good job of explaining the importance of graduate education to society, emphasizing instead the place of undergraduate education.

Another provision would deal a blow to graduate students who now depend on tuition waivers to earn their degrees. "I don't think it's going to do much unless we go in there and demand a response from the administration", he said.

Still, Graves' spokesman says the congressman shares "concerns over the potential impact to grad students" and has spoken with House leadership about them.

Kurtis Butler is at that critical point of deciding whether to pursue a Ph.D, having finished the coursework for a master's in geography and almost completed his thesis. He receives about $17,000 as a teaching stipend and about $7,000 as a tuition waiver. "I would not be able to continue the program".

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Republicans in the House have defended the tax plans' move to trim education tax benefits as a way to "help more families offset the cost of both college and vocational training programs", according to a summary of the plan created by House Republicans. Mike Enzi, R-WY.

"This isn't a walkout to protest our administration, it's a protest with our administration against this tax reform bill", Gillespie said.

Michael T. Parker is a graduate student of immunobiology at Yale University and Patricia M. Lawston is a postdoc associate at the University of Maryland and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Boswell said the university is working with Wyoming's Congressional Delegation - as well as a lobbying firm employed by UW and other institutions - to express its strong disapproval of the provision. Despite University provisions that require student protests to be registered five weeks in advance, Rubenson said USC has supported their right to demonstrate.

"The bill would affect their professional training", Khoddam said.

"Ultimately, the differences between the House and the Senate will have to be reconciled", he said.

She called the elimination of the credit a clear expression of President Trump's "commitment to the rich and powerful at the expense of children, educators and families". However, the provision will impact most graduate students in other divisions of the University like the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering.

Boswell added UW is hoping for the best in the face of uncertainty.


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