Students: Stop the Education Cuts

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

MSU senior Michael Lipphardt says he works three jobs just so he can pay for college.

"You can hardly find a student any more that doesn't work at least two jobs to afford it," he said.

At MSU education cuts have forced some students to start from square one.

"They're going to MSU to get a degree in geology for example but the geology department was just discontinued."

This year higher education in Michigan was cut by 2.5 percent. And Representative Joan Bauer says unless students speak up, they can expect more cuts next year.

"That is going to be one of the few areas we're going to be able to cut," she said. "So we need voices. You need to be calling us, e-mailing us, and saying this is unacceptable."

Some already are. Students from across the state, frustrated by education cuts, gathered at the Capitol Friday. They had this message for legislators:

"From day one we want them to make education a priority," said Lipphardt.

With tuition and fees on the rise and jobs harder to come by than ever, for some, college may not be an option.

"We don't want to make higher education a socio-economic battle where only the privileged students can achieve it," Lipphardt added.

Lipphardt says the way to make sure that doesn't happen is to show legislators November 2 they're not apathetic.

"That's unfortunately what our legislature responds to: whether they'll be reelected. And that's what we need to show them is that we're a powerful voting block," he said.

Michigan state student leaders say the 2.5 percent cuts were actually less than what they were expecting for the 2011 fiscal year.

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  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Oct 25, 2010 at 05:16 AM
    As tough as things are these days, itn is way past time for the government to stop subsidizing higher education! The people that use these facilities, should pay the true cost of operating and maintaing them. The professors and other staff are cleaning up as fr as wages and benefits are concerned. Time for them to live within their means like everyone else must do. Cut expenses or raise tuition, and stop expecting everyone else to make up the difference Thank you Ricardo
  • by Ricardo Location: Lansimg on Oct 24, 2010 at 06:16 AM
    Wahh-Wahh. It is time all of these so called educational facilities stop bleedng the taxpayers and set tuitions to reflect the true costs! The professors and staff are living too high on the hog! Reduce expenses and make the people using them foot the actual cost instead of expecting the taxpayers to subsidize it for them. Thank you. Ricardo
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2010 at 11:49 AM
    at one time gov didn't do so much funding.Students were on their own so to speak.When the money was good and jobs plenty where more tax could be collected,schools received so much money and grew to count on it.Spending got a tad foolish.Now want more money for schools and so on,Then figure out how to get more JOBS back here in the USA where they should be.With out enough jobs and taxes from those working we will see many cuts.Not even social security people get that raise again this year,and when your only making under 600$ like many are try living on that.Poverty and hunger continues in this great country of ours.Go figure they let our jobs go bye-bye.Now we all pay so hope and wish,you may not get what you want.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2010 at 09:19 AM
    Everybody want's and need help. But I know with jobs not coming back to Michigan there is not enough money to pay for it all. The very first thing we need is JOBS! Then people can pay taxs. Until then we are going have to cut back. Sorry!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 22, 2010 at 06:59 PM
    These students should not be protesting in lansing, but on their own campuses about the wastefulness that occurs there. Professors having two or three offices, Some are earning $250,000 to $500,000 a year. The instructors in the classroom barely make enough to live one while trying to earn their graduate degree. The dumpsters at these schoolsa re filled withe recycleables and used equipment.
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