ASU Students Rally For Funding

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By Alabama News Network

Even though it's been a rainy day, that didn't stop students from Alabama State University from rallying on the steps of the state house in support of their embattled school.

 
They joined faculty and other supporters to demand that the state treat them fairly. 
 
The senate passed a budget last week that cut about 25 percent of ASU's funding. 
 
Senator Tripp Pittman, who added the cuts to the budget, says he did it to help the university make changes, which comes after an audit showed financial misconduct.
 
Governor Robert Bentley says he is against the proposal and ASU students say they simply won't stand for it. 
 
The buses were loaded on campus and made a bee-line straight for the state house.
After the proposed budget cuts, students are standing up for their university. 
 
"We want our money back. We want those funds that were taken away from us. We want what's ours. We want equal share. We're not asking for handouts. We're not asking for anyone to give us anything. We're asking for what's due to us. We want what's ours," said student Taylor Edwards.
 
ASU President Gwendolyn Boyd was happy to see so many students show up for the event, dubbed "I love ASU day." She says that lawmakers are taking notice of what they're doing.
 
"We just want them to know there are a lot of people on our side, and their side as well to make sure that it happens. We're excited to be here and we hope we make a difference to let them know that there are people who support Alabama State," said Boyd. 
 
Those who showed up in the wet weather said they're concerned for the future of ASU, particularly when it comes to tuition and opportunities for international students. 
 
"Being college students anywhere a lot of us are not financially able to pay for certain things, even when it comes to books. Books are a lot of money and we have to spend a lot of money on books. Or anything, just living, living wise. So this big budget cut is affecting us majorly as students," said student Karltonio Jones. 
 
"We have more people out there from the international community that wants to come to Alabama State University to get their degree because this is a great historical institution that has been here for decades," said international student Jimmy Iwezu.
 
The budget still has a long way to go before this change goes through. The education budget is currently in a committee, then it will go to the house floor for debate.