Hundreds sign petition fighting LSU budget cuts

By Keitha Nelson - bio | email

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Hundreds of faculty and staff at LSU could lose their jobs, courses could be eliminated and some fear the overall quality of an LSU education will never be the same. Dozens of people gathered at the LSU Parade Grounds on Saturday, opposing budget cuts to the university.

Malinda Sutor got her master's degree LSU. She's now an assistant professor who also does research work for the Department of Oceanography. Besides her work, Sutor's main concern is her two young sons.

"I made this state my home state now," said Sutor. "I have two who are entering the public school system."

Once they graduate, Sutor would like her boys to stay in state and possibly go to LSU. However, she and dozens of people who gathered at the parade grounds Saturday fear that simply won't happen. If LSU's budget is drastically cut, teachers are let go and certain curriculum won't be available.

"If they're not top notch, then what encourages us to remain here? We have options, we can leave," said Tania Nyman who created the facebook site "Save LSU."

Over 5,000 people have joined the group and about two dozen people joined the front, signing the petition Saturday.

"I'm hoping people across the state will join us and we can organize a group effort or maybe meeting on the Capitol steps one day, combine all of our petitions and present them formally to the governor," said Nyman.

Nyman says she's afraid of the direction Louisiana is heading in with cuts to education and health care.

The "Save LSU" group says it has been collecting signatures since last week Friday and the total is now nearly 600.

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