Monday Mar 05 2012 comments Rising costs of higher education draw student protesters By: Photographs by Michael Kirby -A +A California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom spoke at the rally in favor of California college students being entitled to an affordable education. Sierra College student Josena Aiello rode the bus from Sierra College to the rally to have her voice heard. Mark Chamberlain came with a sign to the rally in Sacramento with his opinion. Chamberlain is a student at Sierra College. A large crowd of supporters gathered at the state capitol in Sacramento after arriving on foot or taking buses to the rally in protest higher education fee hikes. Sierra College students (foreground, from left) Brendan Chang, Billie Jo Williams and Jesse Archer, and (next row, from left) Christina Archer and Andrew Nelson, traveled to the March in March at the state capitol in Sacramento to show their protest of higher tuition fees and cuts to public higher education. Thousands of students and other interested individuals gathered to hear speakers demand the changes. Williams said she supports a one-half percent raise in sales tax in Placer County as one of the ways to help lower tuition. Aaron Bielenberg from Mendocino College (holding blue sign, center) made the trip to the March in March rally at the state capitol in Sacramento for changes in funding for higher education. Students and others were advocating for more affordable education and fewer cuts to classes and extracurricular programs.