Sonoma State Rallies for Statewide Day of Action

The Rohnert Park campus was just one of 23 universities that protested Wednesday.

Sonoma State University today joined hundreds of students and teachers throughout the 23-campus California State University system who protested the state's imminent budget cuts and teacher layoffs. 

David McCuan, a political science professor at Sonoma State, who helped organize Wednesday's rally — with the motto "take class action, demand quality education."

"Things are going on today coast to coast," McCuan said. "The California Faculty Association joined with student groups to raise awareness. We need to take serious the impact of the budget cuts and look at what it means for next year."

“We are well aware of the budget issues our state faces,” said Lillian Taiz, president of the California Faculty Association in a statement. “But, too many Californians have already lost their homes and their jobs; we will not let California lose its public universities."

"We cannot cut back on training our state’s future workforce and then expect our economy to thrive. We cannot give up on making sure every one of us has the opportunity to get an education."

Teacher and student groups said they want major reform. Some priorities include affordable, accessible, high quality education and calling on high paid college administrators to give back some perks.

According to the faculty association, Chancellor Charles Reed receives $451,500 in yearly compensation, a car allowance, a free house and other perks exclusive to CSU executives.

"His administration has wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight legislation that would bring transparency to the CSU that could help to eliminate waste. The CSU administration’s priorities are misplaced—these funds should be spent on instruction," the association said in a statement.

Read more about Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed cuts to the state education system here. It's something Rohnert Park Patch contributor Erin Guenther feels strongly about

Stephen Kirschenmann April 13, 2011 at 09:26 PM
As a student, it was saddening to see that the president of the student government from a local community college could get up and speak to us while SSU's ASI President Bridgette Dusan was no where to be seen, current VP and in a few hours next year's President Alex Boyer stood a distance watching, and another ASI Senator was playing frisbee in the grass a few dozen yards away.
Angela Hart April 14, 2011 at 04:20 PM
Thanks for your insight Stephen, very good to know.
Milan Moravec April 14, 2011 at 09:13 PM
All is not well behind the reputation of University of California Berkeley. University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau & Provost Breslauer Must Go: clean sweep Cal. leadership Cal. Chancellor’s arrogance and poor judgment: pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures; recruits out of state $50,000 tuition students that displace qualified Californians; Latino enrollment drops while out of state jumps 2010; tuition to Return on Investment (ROI) drops below top 10; NCAA places basketball program on probation. Chancellor Birgeneau’s ($500,000 salary) fiscal track record is dismal indeed. It’s not that Birgeneau was unaware that there were, in fact, waste & inefficiencies during his 8 year reign. Faculty & staff raised issues with Birgeneau & Breslauer ($400,000 salary), but when they failed to see relevant action taken, they stopped. Finally, Birgeneau engaged some expensive ($3,000,000) consultants to tell him & the Provost what they should have known as leaders or been able to find out from the bright, engaged people. (Prominent east-coast University accomplishing same at 0 costs) Cal. has been badly damaged. Good people are loosing their jobs. Cal’s leadership is either incompetent or culpable. Merely cutting out inefficiencies does not have the effect desired. Increasing Cal’s budget is not enough. Take aim at the real source of Cal’s fiscal, & leadership crisis; honorably retire Chancellor Birgeneau & Provost Breslauer.
Stephen Kirschenmann April 15, 2011 at 12:20 AM
I've heard through the grape vine that the Dean of the School of Business and Economics at SSU is looking into getting out of state and international students as a form of financing the whole department. That means less room for California local students. That being said, some of the practices of the SBE, such as it's Executive MBA and Wine Business programs, make it one of, if not the best, funded department in all of SSU, and therefore won't have to lay off teachers/lecturers. That will keep classes around, giving room to all students. I'm not sure which way to look at it. I know other departments, such as the Communications and Theater departments, are having serious problems and are cutting back their staffs up to 50% while I don't know of any cut backs in the Business dpt. In fact, I know they have positions open and are hiring...


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