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Students Win State Money for University

3-11 sou moneyASHLAND, Ore. – A group of SOU students are taking it upon themselves to help solve the university’s budget crises.

In light of the recent retrenchment issues, the Associated Students of Southern Oregon University (ASSOU) took a five-week leave to head to Salem and lobby for money from state lawmakers.

They say after a long fight they were able to come back with $500,000 for the school. That’s about 15 percent of the total dollar number the school hopes to save through retrenchment.

Students say it’s a big win, but it’s just a start.

“It’s on all of us – on all the students, the faculty, administration, classified staff, and especially community members to really stand up and advocate for our institutions of public education,” said Student Body President Tommy Letchworth.

The ASSOU will put together a proposal next week for how they feel that money should be spent.

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  1. TJ says:

    As a student of SOU and a community member of Ashland for the past decade, I can tell you that there are many reasons why SOU fails to retain and keep students. First SOU has no “par” levels of educators. Teachers are either really exceptional, or absolutely terrible. Also, the town of Ashland has absolutely NO SUPPORT for the university. It’s already ridiculously difficult for students to find housing, but besides OSF there are little to no community entities that have any involvement with students or the university.

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