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Nov 10, 2010 7:14 PM by MIKE MAGNOLI

From Lafayette To Baton Rouge: UL Students Raise Their Voices

Students and staff from colleges all over the state gathered on the Louisiana Capitol steps today protesting more cuts to higher education.
A rare sight: College students up bright and early and Baton-Rouge bound.
As these UL students set-off on their journey, the stakes and the energy are high.

UL SGA President Chris Groh tells us, "When you live in college you really do kind of live in a bubble you don't watch the 5 o'clock news, you pay attention only to whats happening in your daily life, i think that has definitely changed now."

"There's just a looming fear," adds Joel Tauzin, a general studies major.

Protestors chanted, "1 2 3 4 don't cut our budget anymore 5 6 7 8, budget cuts are what we hate."

The rally really gets kicked up when Southern University arrives on the steps, in no time the schools are chanting and waving signs, Many of them highly critical of Gov. Bobby Jindal, but as Groh explains, he's not the focus:

"This message needs to be brought out to everyone not just the Gov. but to all the elected officials."

More cheering and jeering from the crowd: "What do we want? Funding!  When do we want it? Now."
"Hey hey, Ho ho, Bobby Jindals got to go."

The crowd, though excited, maintains civility.  In the days before the rally --rumors of rough stuff breaking out, but that's not the case on this day.  This is just a group of students taking a stand for their education.

"For those who say we're apathetic, I mean come on, all we can do is prove them wrong by doings stuff like this," Groh tells KATC indicating the UL crowd over his shoulder.

"I think people were anxious to get here, it's a big thing."

A big thing-- a big cut: The worst case scenario we've heard from officials- 500 million dollars.  Where that will come from remains to be seen.


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