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Student and Faculty Walkout At Southern Oregon University

By Bryan Navarro

ASHLAND, Ore. — At Southern Oregon University, students rallied in a “walk out, teach in.” Student leaders and staff spoke out against what they call government’s disinvestment in higher education. They say tuition rates have soared after government funding has plummeted.

Organizers call it a first step in a process to affect change. On Tuesday, students are bussing to Salem to meet with legislators and voice their concerns.

“All components of those universities, students, faculty, and administrators were to come together with a common message of reinvesting in our education system, we represent the majority of the districts in OR and at that point we’ll be a force to be reckoned with,” states SOU student Thomas Letchworth.

SOU President Mary Cullinan also spoke on Thursday, saying that the administration stands with the students on this issue.