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UW students protest new meal plan policy

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A protest on the UW-Madison campus Tuesday took an angry turn.

Students were throwing trays, as they shut down Gordon Dining Hall and blocked other students from getting in.

They're demanding the university get rid of its new meal plan policy.

Incoming students living in dorms would be required to purchase a meal plan, the minimum amount is $1,400.

The protest heated up, leading to confrontations.

Freshman Chelsea Hylton says, "We're here to get an education and we have people having to take out 2 to 3 jobs, 3 to 4 loans just to pay for meals, just to pay for housing and that's not okay."

Brendon Dybdahl is the Director of Marketing and Communications for University Housing.

He says," Pretty much every university in the country has some sort of a minimum meal plan and so we have been the outlier in this."

The new plan only affects incoming freshman, starting next year.

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