Petition to fight cuts started
Vice President of Administration and Finance Carl Carlucci spoke at Wednesday night’s Student Government Association meeting about upcoming budget cuts, giving a brief summary of what to expect for fiscal year 2012-2013.
Carlucci explained that the budget cuts would greatly affect the amount of financial aid being supplied to the students within the University of Houston system.
“We are going to see about $100 million cut from the whole University of Houston system, 65 million of which will be cut here,” Carlucci said. “That only leaves enough aid to cover current students. There will be no aid available for the new (students).”
SGA President Prince Wilson has established an online petition, Texans Against Higher Education Budget Cuts, which has gone viral on Facebook.
In one day, the website has received over 3,000 electronic signatures.
The petition calls for support in fighting cuts to higher education, stating “Student tuition will rise drastically, important courses will be eliminated, student services will be reduced and many more significant factors of our education will be either completely removed or will face funding reduction.”
SGA officials hope they can raise enough awareness on the topic to garner support and head into the State capitol with the signed petitions during spring break.
Carlucci urged SGA to take a trip to Austin to educate state representatives on the matter and get involved in the discussion.
“It is important to let your state representatives know that you vote,” Carlucci said. “There are a number of alums that should respond to your efforts.”
SGA will hold its next meeting Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Cougar Den.
Sign the petition at www.gopetition.com/petition/43058.html