Clarion, Pa.- University faculty reserved moments in their Wednesday and Thursday schedules to educate Carlson Library’s 10:00 a.m. to noon traffic of scholars on the renegotiation of next year’s school budget which is currently being discussed in Harrisburg.
“Do you want money from the government,” pitched Student Success Center Assistant Professor Joseph Croskey to a shuffling student at Carlson Library. A second attempt at increasing awareness for the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties instills a deeper curiosity.
“Hi, I’m Joyce Overly. I’m a professor from the chemistry department. Want to chat? And I usually go from there,” explained Overly.
As part of Overly’s practiced monologue, the Pennsylvania Legislation has “cut an allegation of $90 million and have not restored it,” which may explain the hushed presence of “scholarships, refund checks, loans and university professors.”
Members of the student body are met with the smiles of their professors as they are asked to pen an APSCUF index card with their name, the learning institution they represent and answer the question of why their education is important to them in half a notecard’s width.
“It’s not a petition; it’s a postcard,” cautioned Overly as she announced the intentions of the campaign. “Personal stories really resonate with the legislators, more than statistics and anything [faculty] could say.”
Once a student is armed with the task of showing their education matters to them at the library, they are trusted with a pen, their values and Carlson’s level one Feng Shui, which, for anyone who participated Thursday, was the long, hard-surfaced space above one of two bookcases sandwiching the display table advocating change. According to Overly, there are “100,000 students in the state system. We got 200 cards yesterday. Maybe if [the state legislator] read a thousand of these cards, they’ll be persuaded to do something.”
Although students have been helpful by listening to the information supplied by willing faculty, not everyone responded with the time it would take to complete a postcard to send to Harrisburg. Overly takes notice at how “students that don’t have time will take an [information] sheet” that offers instructions on how to participate at APSCUF.org/students. You too can show your education matters to you if you wish.