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Tuition Crisis was an holographic program composed by a doctoral student, Alaa, in comparative history at Osric University on Ter'jas Mor in the Klingon Empire. It was used by the Klingon Defense Force to train anti-riot police, with varying degrees of protester rowdiness.
Mrazek obtained a copy of the student's thesis, and the holographic program with it. Urie, Brianna Reiss, Atenza, as well as a handful of other crewmembers, debated the tuition hike with the characters. (Star Trek: The Stoneship Files: "Rode the 300")
The holodeck program began at the physics department's student café of the University of Montreal, operated by the PHYSUM where several physics students receive students from other departments, when some of these students are ready to depart for the picket lines. Once these students return from the picket lines, they inform the program users that the physics department have to hold the picket line, with 300 brave physicists, on March 22nd, 2012, before reinforcements could arrive.
- "Succès garanti, seulement 14 379$!"
- — The schematics of a diploma vending machine
- "1 625$, ça ne passe pas!"
- — The holographic picketers, protesting a tuition hike
The title of the episode this holodeck program was prominently featured in, Rode the 300, actually referred to one of the major scenes of the program, which in reality was a massive protest in Montreal with 200,000 protesters.
Although only briefly mentioned in the episode, Concordia University, Edouard Montpetit College and Laval University all had departments on unlimited, general strike, like the University of Montreal's physics department, which saw more than 312,000 students on strike at the height of the 2012 Quebec student strike.