Tony Caravano recalls continued controversies involving tuition increases during his tenure as student body president, and his efforts to keep tuition affordable for NC State students. Interview on November 4, 2011. (1:53)


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Caravano: I mean we used the stories from Amanda-basically just to take a step back. 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:04.574
Quick: Personal Stories was the name of the book. 00:00:04.574 - 00:00:08.061
Quick: The Personal Stories Project. 00:00:08.061 - 00:00:10.774
Caravano: Personal Stories Project, yeah. So the tuition increases, you know there's an interesting role as a student body president. 00:00:10.774 - 00:00:16.770
You understand, or you come to understand, 00:00:16.770 - 00:00:19.946
the innards of this place, the guts of how it operates and works, 00:00:19.946 - 00:00:25.015
so I understood the need for additional revenue coming into the campus, 00:00:25.015 - 00:00:29.475
but at the time in North Carolina the middle class was just being squeezed 00:00:29.475 - 00:00:35.151
the students that had need, they were going to be covered, right? So like I was receiving financial aid, I was probably going to receive enough money to make this work. 00:00:35.151 - 00:00:44.293
Students whose parents could afford to just write the check at the beginning of the semester, they were going to be fine as well. 00:00:44.293 - 00:00:50.574
heir parents were going to help them afford it. 00:00:50.574 - 00:00:53.340
It was the students who were working to pay and the students' parents who were working to pay to get them there, that's who we were really worried about, 00:00:53.340 - 00:01:00.215
so that was the source of the opposition 00:01:00.215 - 00:01:03.319
Some of the trustees had a hard time with the increases because they understood that. 00:01:03.319 - 00:01:07.686
We made that really palpable for them by bringing real people and real faces in front of them 00:01:07.686 - 00:01:12.177
with the book that Amanda prepared and also just by bringing real people to those meetings. 00:01:12.177 - 00:01:16.371
So I think it was different. We didn't do the protests that some of our predecessors had done and the rallies, 00:01:16.371 - 00:01:22.966
those things hadn't yielded different results, 00:01:22.966 - 00:01:25.644
so we brought them to actual meetings to talk to the people who were going to make the decisions. 00:01:25.644 - 00:01:29.543
I didn't vote the same as the other trustees on those votes, I'm pretty sure, 00:01:29.543 - 00:01:35.280
but at least we had voiced our opposition in a way that I thought was articulate 00:01:35.280 - 00:01:40.188
and in a way that also gave us a lot of credibility for other issues 00:01:40.188 - 00:01:43.424
that came down the road later and then for years to come. 00:01:43.424 - 00:01:45.994

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