Rowan student, legislators announce affordable college study, make final pre-election minimum wage hike push

By Carly Q. Romalino/ South Jersey Times

WEST DEPTFORD — Rachel Storch, a Rowan University junior, thought she’d be set to earn her diploma in 2015, get a job she loves and leave the Glassboro campus without much debt weighing her down.

American Federation of Teachers national President Randi Weingarten speaks about the need for more affordable education in New Jersey on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Also pictured, Rachel Storch. (Staff Photo by Brad Kingett/South Jersey Times)
When her financial situation changed last year and her parents could no longer help her pay for school, she applied for the dreaded college loan, got a minimum wage job, and ended up an advocate for New Jersey students demanding a more affordable college education.

College is “a right, not a privilege,” Storch, of Hillside, said Monday at a press conference at the Ironworkers 399 union headquarters in West Deptford.