Budget protests set for WCU

Students, faculty and coaches at West Chester University will rally tomorrow and Thursday on campus to protest Governor Corbett's cuts to the state’s education funding.

“Last year the governor cut funding to West Chester University by 18 percent, and in the fall in-state undergraduate students faced a 7.5 percent increase in tuition," explained Professor Lisa Millhous, president of the WCU chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculty (APSCUF). "This year he has proposed an additional 20 percent cut, which will be hard to handle without either increasing tuition, reducing the quality of education or both."

The first protest will be held on South Campus at 116A Sturzebecker Hall tomorrow from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. This will be followed with a second protest on Thursday afternoon from 12:15 to 1:15 at the intersection of Church Street and University Avenue on the university's North Campus. Both rallies will feature students, coaches and faculty members speaking about the importance of state funding for higher education, sign-up tables where students can register to vote, and information tables where they can learn about how to contact their state legislators.