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When she entered graduate school at UCLA five years ago to pursue a Ph.D. in English, Connie Razza, 26, hardly expected to be a campus activist. But she also didn't expect a workload like this: for one undergraduate literature course this semester, Razza gives lectures, runs a discussion section, grades papers and exams, and holds office hours in a basement room where 40 other teaching assistants share 29 desks and one computer. For 30 hours a week of such labor, she earns about $1,400 a month--which doesn't even cover her rent, tuition, books and car payments. "It's not really part of...

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