Wright State students make their voices heard at town hall days before potential strike


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    FAIRBORN, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) In less than a week hundreds of Wright State faculty are set to strike.

    On Wednesday, students gathered for a town hall where they raised concerns about the impact the picket line could have on their educations.

    Faculty are set to strike Tuesday. Union members make up about 560 out of the 1700 faculty members.

    “I only have two teachers who aren’t striking,” said WSU Freshman, Rachel Moorman.

    She was one of dozens of Wright State students who filled the Student Union building wondering how they’ll be affected by the hundreds of faculty members set to go on strike Tuesday.

    “Am I going to lose credit, am I going to be able to finish my degree here, should I stay here?” said Moorman who echoed some of the questions students had on Tuesday.

    The union representing the faculty said the contract at hand puts an unfair workload on faculty and could diminish the attention students receive in the classroom.

    Wright State said its tried negotiating for nearly two years and has done everything in its power to avoid a strike.

    “I’m really interested in seeing a non biased viewpoint,” WSU Freshman, Andrew Eversole said Tuesday. “This is what the administration said , this is what the faculty are saying.”

    Students on Wednesday were looking for an update from the Student Government Association and answers to who would replace the professors who go on strike.

    “I’ve grown a lot of strong bonds with my teachers as I’ve gotten closer with my department,” said Junior Lee Huntsberger.

    The university said it will tap into non-striking faculty and administration to help fill the gaps.

    “I take classes like Ancient Greek, ancient Latin, Roman historiography,” said Junior Lee Huntsberger.

    He said he has his doubts about those who replace his current professors.

    “I think this is my biggest concern because they keep saying theirs going to be someone for everyone I don’t think you’re going to be able to find someone who’s going to be able to teach me Roman historiography off of a whim.”

    “We’re really urging every student to please not withdraw but be critical consumers of the professors that you have,” said WSU Student Body President, Daniel Palmer.

    The university has also urged students to still go to class and said even when faculty strike students who use financial aid must attend class to keep their financial aid.

    Many students are urging the union and administration to find a solution.

    “I love my university but I also love my teachers and I do feel kind of caught in the middle,” said Junior Lee Huntsberger

    Students have until next Friday the 25th, three days after the scheduled strike, to withdraw from classes if they choose and still receive a full refund.

    University president Cheryl Schrader said she’s confident a strike will not delay or interfere with students’ path towards obtaining a degree.

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