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Protestors feel impact of cuts already

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 9:26pm

BATON ROUGE, La (WVLA) -- Budget cuts to higher education have a different affect on each person at the rally, but the group has one united message. They believe the damage to state universities has already been done.

Johanna Sandrock has only ever wanted one type of job, to teach foreign languages. For 11 years, her passion was her livelihood. But now, Sandrock faces a frightening reality. In January, her career at LSU is over. She is part of the Foreign Language 14, one of only a handful of instructors cut out of 1,300 faculty members at the school.

"The administration thinks that they just cannot afford these 14 faculty members anymore," says Sandrock. "Its such a small little cut."

Today, she joined the ranks of teachers from all over the state, concerned Louisiana residents, and students already feeling the cuts.

"I know one girl who sits on the floor because there aren't enough desks in the classroom," says University of Louisiana - Lafayette student Paul Kleinpeter.

Students and teachers want to know what happens if the cuts keep coming.

International student Parika Bandyopadhyay worries that the teaching assistance program at Nicholls will be cut. She TAs a class and that's where much of her income comes from. "It won't be possible for me to support my stay over there and carry on my expenses."

Students at Southern are equally concerned. "I may only have the option of taking a particular class in the summer or spring, which is pushing back my graduation date," says student president Demetrius Sumner.

A big reason to spend the day on the capitol steps. "I've lost my job and I don't want anyone else to have to lose their job," says Sandrock.


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