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No yearbooks for Southern students, despite fee

3 years 3 months 2 weeks ago July 08, 2013 Jul 8, 2013 Monday, July 08 2013 July 08, 2013 2:47 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE- Students on Southern University's campus are expressing frustration over a fee they've been paying for years for something they haven't received.

"It's bulls***," Student Adrianna Jenkins said.

Every semester, students pay at least $15 for yearbooks. Last year that fee was raised to $25 and includes fees associated with the school newspaper and magazine. However, the school has not issued a yearbook since 2011 according to the State Legislative Auditor, and that yearbook was from the 2007-2008 school year.

"I think it's absolutely ridiculous we are paying for something we are not receiving," student Chant'e Cardae Jones said.

"I don't necessarily need a yearbook, but if I'm paying for it, I'd like it," said student Sommer Gibson.

School leaders said they are working to correct the issue and assured the Legislative Auditor changes are in place.

"When the new yearbooks come out in October or November of this year, we will have a mega-issue," Southern spokesman Ed Pratt said. "We will find out the students who paid for those books and get those to them."

Pratt said the school will even mail them to the students who paid the fees but no longer live in the area.

"Luckily, the money in fees that they paid, we have that money. We will send those books to those graduates free of charge wherever they are," he said.

Right now there is nearly $1 million in the school's yearbook account from the fees collected.

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