SPECIAL SERIES : SF State Budget Woes
Cuts May be "Deep and Narrow," Effects Widespread
SF State bears witness to its budget crisis.
May 4, 2004 11:55 AM
The $10.3 million CSU budget cuts are sparking fears of shrinking programs, lower standards in education, and matriculating at SF State under the seven-year plan.
When presented with an assignment to seek out student reaction to the budget cuts, a journalism class found varied responses, from those who were trying to hope for the best to those who were trying to look for another school.
The following responses were gathered from Prof. Austin Long-Scott's Journalism 300 class.
"It's a string of decisions by the eligible voters who don't vote and legislators who aren't held accountable. They don't seem to realize that life is interconnected. If people aren't in school or working, then crime goes up. Then medical problems arise because you're depressed. I wonder a lot about what the world is going to be like when I finally graduate."
"I have to think about every penny I spend now, all from groceries to my $35-a-month birth control pills. I didn't want to dip into my savings but I had to, because even though school fees have increased, my student loans have not. I am also worried about not graduating in time because I cannot get all the classes I need, which will mean that I'll have to dip into my savings even more."
"As a graduate student, I'm going to be hit with a 40 percent (fee) increase. I think the governor hates graduate students.
"I keep trying to psych myself out into thinking that everything will be all right, but I'm not really sure. I'm one of those students they (FAFSA) say whose parents make too much money, but yet my parents can't afford to put me through college. So with these budget cuts, I'll have to take out bigger loans, which will require me to pay back even more money; I just don't know how I'm going to do it."
"I did want to graduate within the next year or so. I planned to stay for my master's in Early Childhood Development, but that looks way out of the picture now. But I mean I love the school; the people are so diverse and the campus is gorgeous. It's just the question at hand now is will SFSU stay this way?"
Impacted Departments and Reduced Classes:
"I'm a little worried when the time comes that I can't get my classes, but I'll figure it out. If I can't get my classes then I'll go to a different school because there's no point in staying at this school if I can't get my classes."
"I've already had a rough time registering for summer school. They don't have all the classes I need right now and that sets me back. Most likely I would have graduated in 2005, but with the budget cuts, it won't probably be until 2006."
"I'm supposed to go study abroad next year in London. Am I going to have something to come back to? I'm not sure at this point, and pretty worried."
The Faculty and Staff
The Past, Present and Future of the CSU
"If you look at the decade of the 1990s, the CSU did not do very well financially in the face of the greatest economic boom in the history of the state. How can it hope to do well during a recession, or normal times? The people of California have too many other programs where they want to invest money that used to come to the CSU. It's difficult to fight that trend. I fear for the system over the next decade unless a real change of interests and attitudes about the CSU change quickly."
"Corrigan and Schwarzenegger are damaging our society. How can we continue to be the number-one nation if we can't get an education? They aren't investing enough in the future of California, and they'll regret it."
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