No, being opposed to tuition hikes does not make us selfish twentysomethings. And here’s why.
If you read this article you’ll see that North Carolina spends a great deal of money are higher education. We are third or fourth in the country in per capita higher education spending. UNC receives $12,366 in state and local funding per full-time student. So, if UNC-CH wants to feast on the funds of taxpayers, they have an obligation to keep tuition low. And by low, I mean not charging unnecessary fees such as the $50 athletic fee that will go to renovate Carmichael gym. That fee is simply putting a burden on students that they should not have to bear.
Furthermore, being a welfare university means not burdening students when you waste money on so many things–a Sexuality Studies department, black cultural center, contruction of buildings that undergraduates will never step in, and an ever growing legion of administrators.
However, if UNC wishes to privatize, go ahead. We need less institutions on the public dime. But until that happens, ever increasing tuition and fees are just another pot of funds for administrators to waste.