Conference for students majoring in Social Sciences



Invitation to the Social Sciences Conference offered to students to learn about their field.

It is accessible for all students because it takes place at the university hour.



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Conference for students majoring in Social Sciences

By: Paola Martínez Morales

The Círculo de Ciencias Sociales (Social Sciences Student Association) organized a conference on October, 28, 2010 at the University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez (UPRM) CH-128 to inform students about the importance of social workers and their development as professionals.

Different students attended the event not only students majoring in social sciences but others interested in learning about it. Three of them co-organized the conference with two professors including Luisa Seijo Maldonado advisor of The Círculo.

The purpose of the conference was to celebrate Social Sciences Week by incorporating different activities and help students majoring in this field to understand their profession.

Seijo who is also a social worker explained her presentation. Students expressed their doubts about the definition of a social worker as well as ideas about how the field can become more appealing to others.

For the other part, the analyzing topic was the human being. Each human being has his/her own challenges. We can help others deal with them as individuals but we have to be aware that every person is different and will deal with insecurities or problems in a different manner.

A human being serves as an individual, group and a community. We must learn to develop our charisma in each of these to be able to serve another human being and serve the purpose of a social worker as indicated by Luisa Seijo Maldonado.                                                                                           

The same slide indicated that awareness, mobilization and creating spaces for people to organize and develop projects are all part of the social technology. Abraham Ruiz student of the UPRM defined social technology as an implementation of political sciences, social animation and a promotion of social services.

These students expressed their worries about the discrimination from other students and professors saying that this field does not offer enough work opportunities. A 45 percent of students majoring in this field fail to continue because of this discrimination Abraham Ruiz protested.

This problem not only affect students of the UPRM Christian Padilla a student from another department spoke out telling others his concern about his boyfriend not being offered the same growing experiences as the students in the UPRM. His boyfriend studies in the University of Puerto Rico-Humacao (UPRH) and there aren’t any conferences for people that are majoring in the social sciences department to educate themselves about the job opportunities.

The UPRM is one of the few universities that have educational conferences to help students of every concentration get involved and learn more. They don’t only study and take classes but can assist lectures that create professionals not like other students from other universities said Ivette Saldarriega who expressed her concern about the education of her sister who don’t study in the UPRM and finds her to feel insecure in her profession because the lack of educational activities in her university.

Other universities are more concerned about the prestige of its departments without realizing that if they don’t educate students these may end up confused and waste years figuring out what they want to study revealed a concern mother in Students from the UPRM can start blogs and post these and other presentations to help other students from different universities get involved in their faculties of study, expressed Christian Padilla.

                                    This was the last conference of the social sciences week and the students were satisfied with the information making Luisa promise to send the presentations via e-mail. These conferences will not only be part of the social sciences week but will be offered more frequently according to Seijo and her work group.

                                    Almost all departments offer educational conferences and activities to help students and professors. At UPRM there are flyers promoting these conferences, which are accessible because most of them are offered at the university hour.



Law School Alternatives

Law School Alternatives

By: Stephanie Figueroa

A conference was held in Chardon 218 on October 26th by Aida Rodríguez. Mrs. Rodríguez was the key speaker who came to address students on behalf of the Law School in Ponce, which was founded by the Catholic University.

The school offers a variety of scholarships students can apply to, after they have graduated from a bachelor’s degree and plan on attending Law School. Various student loans are also available for students who are not eligible for full scholarships.

“In my opinion, I think it is most convenient to work with your bachelor’s degree for a while before entering Law School. Law school is extremely expensive, and most of you here do not have the budget for this,” stated Mrs. Rodríguez

A single credit in The Catholic Law School is just about $420. Per semester you will most likely pay close to $11,000 if you are not granted a scholarship. What does that mean for the students who are not eligible for a full scholarship?

Mrs. Rodríguez suggested it would be better to work first if you are not eligible for a full scholarship, and even if you are.

“If you decide to begin Law School immediately after graduating take into consideration these following factors: do you have enough money in your bank account to pay off each semester? Do you think taking various loans will help you? For most of you, the answer to all these questions are no.”

Mrs. Rodríguez shared her life experience, as a fresh out of college student and what she had to endure. Shortly after starting law school, she had to drop out because she did not want to have to take out numerous loans and be in debt for the rest of her life. She went back to work to save up money, and returned when she was ready.

“My brother is a respected lawyer. He did not have enough money for law school. He began applying for numerous loans. When he graduated Law School, he began receiving letters of all the money he owed. When he finally decided to see the total amount, he already owed close to $150,000. I did not want that to happen to me,” stated Mrs. Rodríguez.

The point of this conference was not to intimidate UPR students who have thought about entering Law School, but to offer alternatives.

“I don’t want you students to be scared of what I’m saying. That is not what I’m trying to do. I love my job, and I am happy of the obstacles I overcame. But I never had anyone tell me things, the way they are. But even after this conference is over, I’m sure most of you will walk out the door saying I wasted your time. But I am 100 percent sure; some will take into consideration my suggestions.”

With this Aida Rodríguez bid farewell, and dismissed the audience.

“I believe she has a point. Loans will keep accumulating in a school like this. I think I will find a job, starting now, and save up some money. A small loan is inevitable, but it can be possible to pay it off fast.” Darlene Fuentes, a fourth year Political Science major said, once the conference had ended.

“I can’t find a job majoring in English with a bachelor’s degree. I’ll be a lawyer. I will get paid enough to pay off all the stupid loans, I decide to take.” Stated Michael Hernández, a third year English student who walked out of the room frustrated because of the time he wasted.

Just like Aida Rodríguez said, students had mixed feelings of the purpose of this conference.

Brochures where handed out to students who were interested in applying to the Law School of the Catholic University. The brochure gives information about the school and application requirements.

Where Experiences Do Come True!

Full of magic, work and passion the students of the UPRM brought questions to their arranged meeting on October 28, 2010. Leyda Ponce de Leon clarified the doubts throughout the reunion.

Where Experiences Do Come True!
By: Jennifer Jimenez Bonet

Full of magic, work and passion the students of the UPRM brought questions to their arranged meeting on October 28, 2010. Leyda Ponce de Leon clarified the doubts throughout the reunion.

On October 28, 2010, the representative of the Disney College Program, Leyda Ponce De León, clarified the doubts brought of students of the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM) about this extracurricular opportunity. The meeting was held in Ponce De Leon’s office on the Alfredo Ramírez de Arellano building.

“Dream it. Do it. Disney. If you were accepted in the program, it is for a reason,” Ponce De León’s encouraging words to the UPRM students.

The Disney College Program is an internship that goes from August to December or from January to May. The program can be accredited as a free elective in the curriculum. The arrangements have to be made by the student and his or her academic counselor.

Different types of courses are available so the student can choose from engineering to managing a store. These are optional and the student can only take up to two courses. Students participating in the fall or spring programs often take one course. Students participating in the Fall Advantage or Spring Advantage programs often take two courses.

According to the American Council on Education (ACE) report, the Disney College and International Programs is recently granted. Meaning that the Program is an official credit recommendation for the work component of the internship. Students could potentially earn up to nine credit hours in one semester.

According to the preparation that the Disney College Program offers, participants will have the opportunity to develop transferable skills, including guest service, problem solving, service recovery, effective communication, teamwork and leadership, attention to detail, time management, personal empowerment, self-confidence, responsibility and cultural sensitivity.

Each day, the participants will take their classroom and personal experiences out into Disney’s one-of-a kind, 47-square-mile “learning laboratory,” called the Walt Disney Resort. This experientially-learning opportunity will provide an unparalleled enhancement to a participant’s academic and professional career.

If the student is accepted in the Disney College Program, he or she will be a formal cast member. Students will work, live, and earn as a formal employee of Walt Disney World.

“The students, who will be formal cast members, are expected to have full availability for the duration of their program and may work nights, weekends or holidays,” said Ponce De León. “Participants’ work schedules will be adjusted to accommodate any Disney College Program Courses in which they participate,”

The participant will work according to the role checked at the application. From an attraction attendant to Entertainment – Character performer. The invitation letter received through the mail indicates the specific role title for the participant.

There will be schedules between 30-45 hours per week during non-peak periods. Peak demand is the high point in the sales record in Disney. It demands hard work because of strong consumer demand. Usually the peak periods are in Valentine’s Day, spring break, weeks before summer, tthanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. Cast members may be scheduled to work more than 45 hours per week. They can sign up for any additional work shifts at any time if shifts are available.

A cast member will earn $7.25-8.39 per hour. Any work over 40 hours per week, or 8 hours per day, is considered overtime and paid at a rate of time-and-a-half. Rent is partially subsidized by Walt Disney World. Students have to pay their portion of their rent through weekly payroll deductions. The weekly housing payment varies from $82-108 per week depending on the size and location of the apartment.

Instability at the UPR

By: Maria E. Del Valle


On October 28, students of the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus (UPRM), marched against a new $800 annual fee that will be imposed by the UPR administration to all students.  The fee is just another item that the students add to a long list of grievances and complaints.

The new fee will be imposed in January and is supposed to be a way for the UPR to get out of financial trouble.  The Board of Trustees of the UPR, led by Ygri Rivera, has said that it will be temporary, for a period of about three years or as needed.

Students, faculty, and many members of the UPR community have criticized the implementation of the fee.  It is believed that about 10,000 students will have to leave the UPR system and maybe stop their education completely because they are not able to afford it.

Mayagüez is not the only campus that has demonstrated against the fee.  Rio Piedras, Cayey, Ponce, among others, have also been very vocal in their disapproval.  For many, it’s starting to feel like a new strike might be inevitable.

The University of Puerto Rico is just coming out from a strike that lasted from April 2010 to June 2010.  It consisted most UPR campuses and the support of many professors, students, and in general the Puerto Rican organizations and individuals.

These demonstrations against the fee are growing in number and tensions between students and administration are rising.  For many UPR students, $800 is more than what they pay for a semester’s tuition and it’s an impossible amount to afford.  Many of the marchers at UPRM were students that believe the fee in unfair or will be very difficult to afford.

When asked about what he thought about the new fee, Kedyan Toro López, a UPRM chemical engineering student, explained how it would directly affect him.  He is one of three children in his family that is studying in the UPR system.  For them it would mean a $2,400 increase.  “I’m not sure what’s going to happen next or if all three of us will be able to continue studying.” he said.

On November 3, President of the Senate, Thomas Rivera Schatz, proposed a project to create funds that will go to helping students with fee payments.  These funds will be taken from the Puerto Rico Lottery, as was previously done with the Mayaguez 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games.  Ten percent of the lottery will be granted to students in financial need.

Rivera Schatz explained how the president of the UPR, Jose Ramón de la Torre, will appoint an evaluation committee of seven people. They will be in charge of distributing the new funds to the students in need.

When asked what she thought about this new proposal from the senate, UPRM student Valeria Quintana said: “I don’t understand why not just eliminate the $800 fee and just use the ten percent of the lottery money to pay for the UPR deficit.”

The President of the Senate also mentioned how senator Lornna Soto has proposed the discontinuation of graduation fees for UPR students.  “It is unfair and inappropriate to force or require students who are candidates for graduation or are in the process of graduation, to pay the total fees for tuition, when in fact they do not benefit from the services or facilities of the University of Puerto Rico in its entirety, as full-time students, or those who take an academic load of twelve credits or more” she said.


Students of the Department of English at the march.

ME Experience

By: Alfred D. Rivera

A Flyer of the ME Experience with all the info and logo of ASME

On Thursday, October 28 at the university hour at UPRM, students from different subjects presented thier organizations and projects in which newly enrolled students could participate.The event was called the ME (Mechanical Engineering) Experience and sought to inform students about the different activities in which they could participate.

Biomedical students presented different research that are being held on campus by different professors, while mechanical engineering students presented the different projects and competitions in which the university is participating and presidents of organizations talked about their organizations and how they could help build the leader inside of us.

Engineer Laura M. Lana talked about how the Biomedical and Biomaterial markets have been growing for the past 20 years and how they’ve been using this opportunity to do research, that will help society while being profitable at the same time. She gave an overview of the material they’ve been working, which is TiAl (Titanium Aluminide) and how the low levels of toxicity and corrosion could help improve the time a person has prosthesis or metal implants, which leads to faster recuperation in the case of metal implants and a healthier person.

Carlos J. Solas and Luis Mercado from the AERO design team showed the project in which they are participating and the competition requirements and rules on the design for the two categories: the micro plane and the regular plane. The AERO design project is sponsored by SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), an organization for mobility engineering professionals in the aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicle industries.

The competitions are held in the US, and consist of two parts: a presentation about both planes including the design implemented and the team that participated and how the different tasks distributed, and the testing of both planes in their respective categories. For the pasts five years the university has done very well in the micro plane category finishing first or second.

Another project sponsored by SAE is the Mini Baja competition which has three different categories: the off road competition, rock climbing and amphibian competition, which includes an off road track and a lake that they cross with the Mini Baja. The professor supervising gives the students the task to test the rigidness and stability of the Baja, some of this test also include a cycle test of the materials in use and software simulation of the different components and system.

Of the two SAE competitions on which the UPRM is participating, the mini baja is the one that has the most participants with approximately 40 students. The current team started with an old skeleton of the Baja that was left by the last team that broke up.

The president of the Material Advantage Organization UPRM chapter, which is still a small organization, gave a speech on the different advantages of joining them. One advantage is that instead of having access to just one organization students would have access to four and will also have various discounts on hotels and cars. The most important advantage, however is the leadership skills that students will develop working with the organization. Other important advantages include different financial aids including scholarships and student loans.

Most of the newly enrolled students were interested in the SAE competition of the mini baja and AERO design.One of the students told me that he was mostly interested in the mini baja because he likes racing and the adrenaline which accompany its.

Students from third and fourth year were more interested in the research that the university has been sponsoring with its different professors. The message that was sent to the entire student was that GPA of 4.0 won’t guarantee a career and that the most successful were those that showed leadership in either research and development or competitions of any type.

UPRM Student March

By Diego Rodríguez Ruiz


            On October 28, 2010 UPRM students rallied against the $800.00 fee that the administration of the UPR insists on establishing. A march was organized by “Colegiales en Acción” and announced with approximately two weeks in advance throughout the campus to recruit people to their cause: a protest march against the administration. The march started in the third floor of the Students Center and ended in the basement of the Chardon building where some of the protestors spoke.

            Many students marched and joined in on the dancing and singing that was bursting through the marchers, while many others watched, took pictures, recorded or joined in on the marching. Approximately 300 of them participated in the protest march and many would argue that for the UPRM to be the second biggest campus that’s not so many students. However, there are those who are not clear on what’s happening or whom to support and this rallying might just help with that.

            Students who belong to “Colegiales en Acción” were anxious to speak to anyone who would listen and inform them of the details of the group, the march, the fee and their plans for action. On the other hand, students who were spectators also have their ideas, points of view and reasons for joining or not.

A Biology Major who was merely watching said: “I don’t know why people do this. We’re still better off than other universities.” This kind of thinking is indeed really popular and one of the main reasons why some students would rather not participate. “It could be worse,” added the student.

            Yet, the interviewed student was thankful for one reason in particular: “I prefer this. [A march] is way better than a two-month-long strike.” With the ongoing rumors about a possible strike and last semester’s fiasco this could be an opinion shared by many students. However, the march went about successfully and with no problem at all. “I hope everything gets fixed this easily” said the student.

            “Colegiales en Acción” is a determined group and they quite successfully organized the protest march. This event is ideal for the students to see the lengths people would go to and to change their minds either towards being in favor or understanding the protest. When asked how the march affected her point of view, the Biology Major answered that she was still against the protest but that she underestimated the number of people involved and that she understood their motives even if she didn’t agree with their actions. She also added that she didn’t think she was the only one who thought this and that it would take a lot more for her to participate in whatever they plan next.

            Not everyone against the administration’s actions joins protests, student or action groups and this event gave them the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts on what is happening. It seems most of these students know what they want and they are prepared to do what is necessary in order to progress in the university, be it fighting against the fee or fighting against a seemingly impending strike.

UPR Mayagüez Students Thunder Against the Stabilization Fee

By: Raúl Figueroa Rivera


Students, professors and non teaching staff from of the University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez(UPRM) participated in a march on Thursday, October 28, against the implementation of a $800 stabilization fee. The march was organized by Colegiales en Acción, a student organization that defends students’ right to a public education of excellence.

Students were convoked at 10:30 a.m, to the third floor of the University Center, where they heated up their gears singing chants like “Ygrí Rivera presidenta de la junta túmbame la cuota o te tumbo la peluca”(Ygrí Rivera president of the board, lay off the fee, or I’ll take out your wig) to the rhythm of “pleneros.”At around 11:00 AM more than 200 members of the UPRM community started marching with great enthusiasm. As the march passed by the General Engineering and Human Resources buildings, UPRM workers showed their support clapping and chanting from the doorsteps of their offices.

Singing “únete,únete únete a este movimiento, únete y no pagues $800”(come along, come along join this movement, join up and don’t pay $800) protesters marched through “Las Palmeras” Avenue, gaining supporters along the way. The march reached its peak at the first floor of the University Center, were chants resounded through the halls and expressions of astonishment could be seen on the faces of students.

The march ended with a rally by the big wall of Carlos Chardón building. A stilt performer appeared and entertained the crowd, which danced around and under the long wooden legs. Representatives from the departamental action committees promoted organization and urged students to join their cause. Members of the Humanities Action Committee hung a banner from the second floor of the building; it read, “El arte es nuestra arma, la cuota el enemigo” (art is our weapon, the stabilization fee, our enemy).

During the rally Humanities Action Committee(CAH) members hung a colorful banner. This committee was the first one to get organized and has already held multiple meetings and a speak out on October, 26.

“The action committees are important, since students lacked effective methods of organization to counter the administration’s discriminatory policies. The student councils have proven to be inefficient, so Colegiales en Acción and the action committees have filled in their place as the student community’s main representative body,” saied Edgardo Román, member of the engineering action committee, about the importance of CEA and the action committees.

The $800 stabilization fee was certified by the Board of Trustees as a guarantee for a $100 million loan to “handle” the finical crisis in the UPR system. According to estimates by the Board of Trustees up to 15,000 students will not be able to pay the fee, therefore around a fourth of the current student community will be unable to study next semester.

The university also failed to meet three of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education(MSCHE) standards, governance, resources and academic offering, according to commission’s reports. Currently the University is on probation because of two of the standards, the academic offering standard was removed from the list as soon as classes were reestablished.

“There is a lot of confusion about the accreditation of the university by the MSCHE and a strike. Some misinformed students argue that a strike would cause the loss of accreditation for the UPR system. The truth is that the probation that the UPR was placed on by the MSCHE is exclusively the administration’s fault,” said Raúl Reyes, member of the Humanities Action Committee.

“The administration blames last semester’s student strike about the institution’s probation. Middle States Commission on Higher Education reports prove otherwise. The only criteria that could be blamed on the strike is that courses could not be completed, but that part of the probation was solved simply by covering the classes lost,” added Reyes.

Students from UPR-Cayey campus also protested against the $800 fee on October 28. Students from Arecibo and Río Piedras have also organized manifestations. The most massive manifestation so far was a march held in Río Piedras on September 21, where more than 1,000 members \ the UPR community participated.

Ygrí Rivera, president of the Board of Trustees, has stated that the stabilization fee is not negotiable. Last June, at the UPR’s first National Student Assembly, a precautionary strike vote against the implementation of the fee was approved.

Tuesday November 4, 2010.

Which One Is Your Real Face?

By Lilly A. Robledo Vargas

October 28 was the day of Prevention Tour 3, which targets students who want to know about their sexual health. Many students of the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez went to the annex of the student cafeteria from 9:00am to 2:00pm in search of their real face.
This activity, under the slogan ‘Show your real face, get tested’ was sponsored by the Family Planning Program Title X which serves all the community at the Medical Services Office.  They provide information, medical evaluations, contraceptive methods, conferences about relationships, marriage, babies, drugs and how all are interlaced.

Chlamydia, PAP, syphilis, HIV and gonorrhea tests were performed free of charge in a confidential setting exclusive to students of the UPRM under the age of 25.

The activity was promoted with flyers in all the bulletin boards of the University

Jennifer Wu, an ob-gyn at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City said “Previous studies demonstrate that condoms protected against HPV transmission”. People should use condoms, the less used, but most simply and effective method, if no abstinence is being practiced.In other university a study was conducted to see how much students knew about these infections. From 50 students evaluated, 74 percent were sexually active. The most common contraceptive practice was coitus interruptus, instead of the use of condoms. This increases the possibility of getting any sexually transmitted diseases, infecting someone near to us.

Penetration is not the only way of sex that can be dangerous. People who practice oral sex can get mouth infections, lose their teeth and not know what caused the situation. The same happens with anal sex; it can turn into an infection in that area.­­­­

“This year surpassed our expectations”, said Xiomara Pratts, one of the coordinators, who was very excited with the results of the event. “Last year only 59 students participated in the activity, but this year 124 students between 19-24 years old participated” said Pratts. People are not afraid like before, now they see the importance to be healthy and sure of it.

According to Dr. Wu, it is important to do these tests frequently, at least twice per year, because sometimes these infections or diseases do not present any symptoms. If it is detected early, it is easier to treat. This is not something to be afraid, but to pay more attention to this type of disease. Some months of difference can get into years of life and happiness.

This tour was an invitation for all the University. There were full color flyers of the event on all the bulletin boards of the campus. Those were very striking, to get the attention of whoever passed near.

These prevention tours are made one time each semester, so if you could not go to this one, be prepared for next semester. This is not something to be ashamed of; it’s something to live, love and take action.



What it takes to make a business successful, it’s pros and cons.

By: Felipe Morales Soto

"PACIV is not me, but it's people, it's employees. Whithout them I'd never be where I am today."

Many students from the Universidad de Puerto Rico Recinto de Mayaguez look to someday open their business, become their own bosses and have a successful career. The problem is many are misguided and don’t know where to begin. On Oct 28, 2010 in the Business Administration Building (ADEM, Dr. Jorge Luis Rodriguez gave a presentation on what it takes to become a successful business owner.

Dr. Rodriguez is widely recognized as the owner of PACIV (Process Automation Controls Instruments Validations), a local Puerto Rican company that focuses on providing the best system control (electronic panels) for an array of companies such as Bristol-Myers, Pfizer, and many others. How Jorge Luis, a local kid from San Juan, become the President and CEO of a successful company?

“You need to have a dream, an idea. After you have all that, the rest is just commitment to that idea,” said Rodríguez. Starting a business wasn’t a “piece of cake” for him. He came from an immigrant Cuban family who moved between Puerto Rico and Spain, living with four brothers.

But, even from an early age Dr. Rodríguez had a vision of what it was like to have a business, as his father and other family members owned personal businesses. But in a twist, Rodríguez decided to study mechanical engineering, something very business like.

After graduating from Syracuse University, Rodríguez returned to Puerto Rico to work for Eli Lilly, a company that focuses on healthcare. There, he was introduced to the world of business and was offered an opportunity. He had ideas in mind, he knew the right people, so why not take the chance? So he created PACIV.

In an interview Dr. Rodriguez recalled how it all came to be: “I said to myself, every company attends to some kind of pain. If there is a big problem there’s a big opportunity.” He added: “As long as I knew who I was, what I had in mind, what were my goals, I was bound to succeed.”

Dr. Rodriguez told the audience in attendance that the most important aspect of having a successful business is building strong relationships. “My business is all about relationships,” he said, “If one of my clients has a baby, or his son or niece has a birthday I call to give them my best wishes. That right there makes them trust you, and let’s them know that you care.”

But to make a business you have to know what you are getting yourself into, the business world is not an easy one. According to Dr. Rodriguez: “You need to make sacrifices, study and practice. I am successful because I sacrifice my personal life; I travel the world to see my clients personally. To them, that makes me the best at what I do.”

The love Dr. Rodríguez has for what he does, the way he speaks about his work, the sacrifices he’s made, only adds to his reputation. Having his determination, having your dreams always on top and never giving up are the stepping stone for a good business; the rest just comes with the territory.

Not one step back, fight for your rights!

By : Luis Enrique Ortiz Ildefonso

November 18, 2010

Not one step back, fight for your rights!
On October 28, 2010 during the university hour from 10:30am to 12:00pm, approximately 300 students organized a march in the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez.  This march took the students from the third floor of the Student Center across half of the campus, and finished in the big wall of Chardón building with a “speak out”.

The purpose of this organized march was to protest against the “stabilization fee” that the Board of Trustees wants to impose. The fee is $800 dollars. The implementation of this fee could lead 10,000 students to drop out of the university.

During the march the students singing chants like: “a ver, a ver quién tiene la batuta, si estudiantes organizados o el Gobierno de Puerto Rico” (Let see, let see who have the power, organized students or the government of Puerto Rico).

This fee was first saw during a meeting with the Board of Trustees. One adviser of the President of the Board of Trustees, Ygrí Rivera, showed to the students, in an improvised paper of the economics of the University of Puerto Rico, the imposition of a $1,200 dollars to the students each semester. During a meeting of the Board of Trustees and the National Committee of Negotiation, the students accomplished the reduction of the fee to $800.

Many weeks before the march, the groups in charge of it, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez Students in Action (CEA Spanish acronym), University Pro Independence Federation (FUPI Spanish acronym), Socialism Youth Union (UJS Spanish acronym) and many others groups started an advertising campaign, so this march would be a successful one. This advertising campaign, involved social internet groups, “flyers”, and graffiti. In the organized march the students showed the administration, the power of the students, grouping all the students, professors, and staff of the university to fight for the same thought, justice for the University of Puerto Rico.

According to a member of the Socialist Youth Union, Edgardo Román: “This is a warmup, for what is coming in the semester.”

Many students are asking if there is going to be another strike, because they want to keep studying, but they don’t want to pay the “stabilization fee”. This same group of students doesn’t want the strike, but they don’t fight for their rights, so are they going to defend their rights or are they going to stay with the fall arms?

Supporting the statement of removing the fee was expressed by a junior student form the department of Agricultural Sciences, Osvaldo Luis Rivera Esteva: “I accept the elimination of the fee. Because this fee doesn’t affect me the same way it does others, we can’t be selfish and we have to take in to consideration the others that the stabilization fee affects.”

During the past two weeks, students of the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez have been organizing boycotts of Sodexo, the cafeteria of the UPRM.  This cafeteria has been rising its prices. The food in this cafeteria is not very good quality, and students have to do very long lines to pay for food, because they only have three or four active cashiers.

Inclusive the students of the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras, on October 21, 2010 paralyzed the functions of couple buildings in the campus. As you can see, they’re not letting anyone through; this event was the closing of buildings in the UPR-RP.

The government of Puerto Rico is influencing a lot on the university’s decision. The University fell on probation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle State can remove the entire UPR the accreditation to keep teaching, just because a standard, governance and leadership this means, the politics parties are taking the decisions for the UPR.

The most recent example of this is when the Middle States sent their report and the president of the university, replied to them, without letting know to the university people what the report stated.

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