SSU students gather to raise awareness over cuts

  • Students at SSU organized a formal discussion with Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Andrew Rogerson about budget cuts, unit limitations, class cancellations and other issues at noon today on the campus.

California State University trustees on Wednesday raised fees by 9 percent, or $498 a year.

And at Sonoma State University, students were mad that more students aren't mad.

"This is the best we can do?" said Devin Masterson, a junior, pointing at a small knot of students who had gathered on campus to protest the CSU action.

"Kids here, their parents pay their bills. I pay my own and I'm pissed off," Masterson said.

"I'm frustrated," agreed sophomore Tomio Endo. "There's still a degree of apathy on campus."

Nearby, a few canopy tents had been erected on the lawn near Stevenson Hall. From 20 to 50 students were expected to remain overnight in what was billed as a 24-hour camp out to call attention to conditions at the university.

The small turnout Wednesday was partly because students who wanted to participate had been urged not to miss class, said Kia Kolderup-Lane, a senior who helped organize the event.

Other protest organizers noted that student concerns had already led university administrators to alter a policy capping the number of credits students could take each semester at 16. Tuesday night, SSU Provost Andrew Rogerson announced that the cap would be raised to 18.

"That was a victory," said Marissa Brogden, a junior.

Then she went to help start a pre-arranged "dialogue" between students and Rogerson.

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