The fifth day of a State House demonstration organized by UMass Amherst students ended abruptly Wednesday afternoon, after their loud chanting clashed with a nearby ceremony honoring 15 fallen service members.
Student organizers had planned to end their days-long sit-in at the end of the business day Wednesday, while demanding a meeting with House Speaker Robert DeLeo to push for legislation to increase state aid to public colleges and to make public college debt free for Massachusetts residents. Members of the group met briefly with state Senate President Karen Spilka Tuesday.
“The [state] funding levels have decreased and the burden of paying for education has fallen on students,” said rising UMass Amherst sophomore Emma Kinney, who expects to have $50,000 worth of loans when she graduates. “We’ve