Jazz Funeral memorializes LSU's possible budget cuts
LSU faculty and students showed up in groups today to protest budget cuts in a New Orleans-styled jazz funeral.
The sounds of horns wailed across the LSU Parade Ground as hundreds slowly marched in protest of the looming budget cuts. The brassy notes memorialized a list of foreign languages caught in the budget's guillotine.
"That decreases from the diversity of the language department overall, and I think that's irresponsible," said Sara Koivula, who minored in Russian at LSU.
As the music continued, more and more concerned students and faculty boasted signs of dismay for the possibility of cuts that could cripple the flagship university.
"If these so-called budget exercises do go into effect, it will be very interesting to see how it can still be called a flagship," said Bradley Wood, an LSU student who helped organize the event.
"We are no longer playing a game, and there's nothing more antithetical to a game than a funeral. We are saying that this game is over for the state government and the legislator, and we are now playing not only with the university, but with the entirety of Louisiana's future," said LSU Senate Faculty President Kevin Cope.
Cope said cuts could decrease the choice LSU students have and ultimately reduce their likelihood of getting jobs.
The students plan to march on the Capitol in November to protest the cuts.