Nov 9, 2010 11:29 PM by MIKE MAGNOLI

UL Students Will Protest Wednesday

On Wednesday U-L Lafayette students will board buses at Cajun Field to head to a rally in Baton Rouge-- protesting state budget cuts to education.

As far as U-L is concerned, administrators are looking at a 20 percent reduction.  Academic programs and jobs are at stake.  In previous cuts, U-L has been forced to get creative. for instance letting go of custodial staff and outsourcing to a non university cleaning crew, but this time, majors are on the line.

Reporter Mike Magnoli asked the interim VP of Academic Affairs about which programs have the biggest target on their forehead, but  the answer to that question will likely come later this month or early December.

Meanwhile two public relations majors-- Kristen Borchet and Chrin Mirdamadi-- are not waiting for the axe to drop.  They're fighting now: Both involved in planning the rally.   They've done everything from making signs, to arranging transportation and spreading the word on campus. 

Borchet tells KATC, "I've heard theres going to be increased security and that's fine, but we want everyone to know this is going to be a peaceful very organized professional rally."

So what about the Gov's facebook message to students:  Remember that?

Mirdamadi responds this way: "By him asking what can we do, you guys come up with an idea, we think that's a way to divide us."

Both young ladies went on to say tomorrows protest is not targeted at Bobby Jindal, but all politicians in a position to make cuts elsewhere *not* education.*
KATC will make the trip to Baton Rouge with the U-L group, stay tuned for that story on Wednesday.


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