Posted: Nov 3, 2010 10:40 PM by Kristy Davis
Updated: Nov 3, 2010 10:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - Earlier this year, Jean Rutherford, who's an instructor in the Russian department at LSU, found out the entire Russian program would be eliminated at the University.
The news also meant many senior Russian minors may have to completely alter their degree plans. Rutherford, who would also be out of a job, had an idea to teach the 6th semester of Russian for free so the seniors could complete their minor.
However, the Russian program wasn't the only one cut; students protested losing Swahili, Japanese and Portuguese.
According to the dean, instructors aren't allowed to teach for free. Finally, the foreign language department found a small amount of money in a "Friends of Russian" fund. In any language, the news was a relief to students.
Russian is considered to be an essential language by the U.S. government; it even pays for military students who want to learn it. After next semester, though, the Russian program at LSU will be gone, and so will Jean Rutherford, who said she'll be moving to India once the course is done.