The University of Washington's student administration held a budget cuts town hall last night for students and administration officials. Things got heated when one student took his alloted 30 seconds for questions to simply call the administration "racist," suggesting the simultaneous tuition increases and financial aid cuts were targeting minorities.

University President Mark Emmert responded by reminding students he had started the Husky Pride Fund, which caters to low-income students from any background.


UW President Mark Emmert


The two groups butted heads over a bill sponsored by Seattle-area Sen. Ken Jacobsen (D-46) and another sponsored by Gig Harbor Sen. Derek Kilmer (D-26) that would give the UW tuition setting authority.


Student Director of the Office of Government Relations Jono Hanks described the need to keep tuition setting authority at the state level to ensure that  increases are fair. Emmert interrupted Hanks' speech saying: "I couldn't disagree more."
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