St. Joseph's University Students Hold Rally, Protest Cuts

Some students and faculty at St. Joseph's University gathered to protest the school's recent decision to increase enrollment and cut faculty due to the school's budget woes.

The Roman Catholic Jesuit school is faced with an $8.7 million shortfall in 2014, according to the university's student-run newspaper, The Hawk.

Standing behind a statue of Mary, a group of about 75 people stood together calling attention to their disdain for the recent changes. The gathering took place just before lunchtime Thursday outside a board of trustees meeting at McShain Hall.

The St. Joseph's University Faculty Senate this week gave a vote of no confidence for two high-level administrators. The group called for their resignations as, they believe, the financial picture has had an adverse impact on the quality of life.

Despite the chilly temperatures and patches of snow on the ground, the group emplored for the board of trustees to reverse their decision. Chanelle Greene tweeted in part: "Dress warm with plenty of layers and faith!"

With posters in hand and using the hashtag #ListenSJU, the protesters took to Twitter where their efforts began trending in Philadelphia at noon.

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