The students marched from the student union to the administration building. Taping their mouths shut, the students sat in President Clarence G. Newsome’s office for about an hour until he returned. Newsome discussed the issues with the students.
Sophomore Jessica Clark brought photos of her dorm to show how she and others are living.
Students also took issue with the recent firing of a chaplain at the university, which was founded by a Baptist minister.
“You got rid of someone who was our life coach, somebody there for us 24/7 to go to him about everything, and you get rid of him,” Clark said.
University officials said in a formal statement that the school, like many other institutions during this economic downtown, is “undergoing an intense evaluation of methods to reduce expenses that will result in providing the best educational environment and experience possible.”
Newsome said he will meet with students weekly to try to resolve some of the issues quickly. He has also offered to show the students written documentation of the progress being made.