USM students and alumni protest budget cuts

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Hattiesburg, MS (WDAM) - USM  students and alumni were protesting budget cuts on campus Friday  afternoon.

It was nearly 15 students outside of the administration building picketing against what they say, is unreasonable cuts to the schools budget.

Amelia Steadman, a USM alum said she is concerned about the future of the University.

"I think that students don't feel like their voices were adequately heard. So we just wanted to come out and spread awareness about these cuts and the impact they are going to have on our University. I think they are going to have tremendous long term impacts on our reputation on our desirability for future students, for future faculty members."

Senior Tyrone Adams said he wants more transparency and support from Administrators.

"I see so many renovations going on around the campus and even on the President's mansion. They say this money is separate from the accounts for education and for teachers but I feel like our administration could fight more for what's really important."

After the Fall convocation, Dr. Saunders hosted a budget forum where students were allowed to voice their concerns over the budget cuts.

Students organized  the protest by spreading the word on facebook.

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