BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - College students rallied on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol on Wednesday to protest proposed cuts to higher education.
A strong show of support was present to protect funding for universities across the state. Thousands of students who attended the "Bring the Heat" rally including LSU's cheerleaders, Southern's Human Jukebox and mascots from several schools.
Students said they wanted to make sure legislators heard their voices about recent budget cuts, shouting "no more cuts" after what has been eight years of cuts under the Jindal administration. Higher education could once again be on the chopping block in light of a massive budget deficit.
Governor John Bel Edwards thanked the students for being there.
"We are here in special session because I called the legislature here to fix this problem, and we're going to fix this problem before we go home," Edwards said.
The governor also met with college student government presidents privately. He emphasized he does not want cuts, but instead increases to higher education.
Supports were asked to wear red as the students described themselves as one color, one voice, one name: Students failed by the state of Louisiana.
The rally started at noon.