No doubt many students attended because the flyers promised a chance to confront MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon directly about the proposed restructuring. But event organizers had not secured her commitment before publicizing the event. Byelich fielded questions in the president’s stead.
Student concerns included:
- Rising tuition costs risk driving everyone other than affluent students away
- The Dubai initiative has never covered costs, meanwhile on-campus programs are being cut
- The administration has failed to engage students in the decision-making about restructuring
- The administration refuses to be specific in answering questions about student concerns such as rising costs
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Editor Green’s perspective on Byelich’s performance was that his answers were often evasive. She said that he appeared eager to shift the discussion to “the big picture,” so that he could paint the changes as positive.
“After the shouting, he was more ready to admit when he didn’t know the details or say that most things were just out of his hands,” said Green. “However, I did feel sorry that the meeting came to shouting, especially so quickly. It was a bit scary as an audience member, seeing anyone confronted in such a disruptive manner and wondering if it would end the whole meeting.”
- Spartanedge – The premier student-run online site for campus news
- Shaping the Future – MSU’s site for information on the restruring
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