LSU at the Capitol
BATON ROUGE- Students, alumni, and friends of Louisiana State University will march to the Capitol today to call for change. They're asking legislators not to cut state funding to their school by 82%.
LSU students are waking up to the reality, that if these cuts go through, their future at Louisiana's flagship university may not be everything they signed up for.
Students at the university are leading a march into the legislative session to show lawmakers the faces of higher education. LSU's president, F. King Alexander, says the proposed cuts could be devastating, cutting thousands of classes, student services, and possibly affecting upcoming graduations.
The university says they're preparing for many different outcomes, the worst of which would be financial exigency. The school may need to raise tuition costs to help offset the cuts. The school is also looking to alumni for help. Along with students, LSU alumni are expressing their concerns by writing letters to legislators through the Tiger Advocates group. University officials believe "progress is being made to minimize the financial concerns."
Student government members say the tigers are worried about the future of their programs, professors, and ability to graduate. Students believe today is their day to fight for the sake of higher education.
"We'll get as fired up for an academic policy, as we will for a football game," said student government president, Andrew Mahtook. "This isn't just a football school, we're here for academics, and we're here to make a change."
Students will meet at the AZ Young Park in downtown Baton Rouge at 12:30 p.m. The march to the Capitol will begin at 1 p.m. Students say they invite anyone who loves LSU or Louisiana higher education to join the march.