Students Ready to Rally Against Cuts

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Student Government Association at UWG is coordinating transportation for a statewide student rally in Atlanta on Monday, March 15, to protest the proposed budget cuts to the University System of Georgia.

Three buses have been reserved to transport students to a protest site near the state capitol. Hundreds of students from all over the state of Georgia are expected to participate in the event. For more information on the SGA rally, go to the UWG Budget Cut Information Website at http://www.westga.edu/budgetupdates/.

Administrators at West Georgia recently developed and submitted a proposed $8.1 million budget reduction plan to the Board of Regents. The request for the plan came after Georgia state legislators asked the University System of Georgia to draft a budget with an additional $300 million in cuts for the 2011 fiscal year.

In response, SGA presidents throughout the state met and created a student resolution protesting the severe cuts that could become a reality.

Graduate student Will Avery said any budget cuts and tuition increases would cause a hardship not only to students but also to their families.

“I’ve lived in Georgia all my life and largely I am concerned with the future of the state,” said Avery. “The best students and professors will leave Georgia because they won’t have the resources and the quality education they want and need.

“On a more personal level, with these kinds of cuts, I’ll lose the graduate assistantships that help with tuition costs and provide a small stipend to help support my wife and daughter. I’ll have all these classes that won’t mean a thing because they are cutting the education programs and I’ve got student loans that I won’t be able to pay.”

For a list of contacts at the state legislature, budget documents and commentary, go to http://www.westga.edu/budgetupdates/.