Nothing goes better with a welcome home rally for the school basketball team than a protest against budget cuts. At California State-Fullerton, a celebration of the team's short but admirable run in the NCAA tournament (its first in 30 years) ended in a spasm of indignation over the budget cuts.
The basketball rally was planned to coincide with the end of a budget cut meeting to maximize student attendance, the Daily Titan reports. The throng of students—protesters and revelers alike—marched around campus, held up signs, and shouted slogans, all to the beat of a Balinese drum. The protesters/revelers even posed for an aerial photo taken to "show all the faces the budget cut would be affecting."
"This kind of stuff works," said a young student protester. "Just look at Vietnam." Added another student: "With a big outcry such as this, it has to make a statement."
The campus march, however, didn't hold the attention of a majority of students, petering out into a group of about a dozen students who concluded the rally with "a rising clap and shouts of "student power."
So much for the "big outcry."