30 Mar

Michigan Protests

 SVSU newspaper: ‘WTF?!’ campaign raises interest for student protest in Lansing

By Justin L. Engel | The Saginaw News The Saginaw News

View full sizeGreg DeRuiter | APAbout 200 other college students from around the state at the Capitol last week.

KOCHVILLE TWP. — Saginaw Valley State University students joined a list of groups protesting potential cuts in state funding, a campus newspaper reports.

About 91 SVSU students traveled to the Capitol lawn in Lansing on Friday to oppose higher education cuts Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed, The Valley Vanguard’s Toni Boger reported in Monday’s edition.

The gathering’s advocates tagged the event with an interesting acronym: “WTF?!”

The letters, in 21st-century speak, typically stands for a profane term. The acronym for Friday’s protests stood for, “Where’s the funding?”

The creative re-wording of the acronym — the brainchild of the United States Student Association — generated additional interest, The Vanguard reports.

The Valley Vanguard: Julie Boon, Student Association (SA) president and political science and history junior, said that an aggressive marketing campaign generated student interest.

“We wanted students to know how much this was really going to affect them, and how much they’re going to have to make up for the lack of funding for next year,” she said.

The campaign included mass e-mails to students, window paintings, posters, signs hanging from ceilings and visits to individual classes.
A number of public university students — from institutions such as Michigan State University, Lake Superior State University and Wayne State University — joined the protests last week.

The Vanguard publishes weekly during the fall and winter semesters.


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