Dear GU: An Open Letter from Students

Media by Emma Wieland

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Media by Marissa Gomez

A variety of feelings and opinions have been embedded into the campus of Greenville University in the past few weeks. This video featuring Nathaniel Weaver, Nathan Andrews, Eve York, and Victoria Fisher captures just a few of these emotions felt by many of campus. These students spoke about their majors, which have been phased out due to the current University budget cuts, and explored these deep emotions of losing some of their closest professors. They elaborated on the impact of their professors and majors at their time at GU. Fisher captured this struggle students are feeling when she stated:  

“It really hurts that my professor that has stood along side me for the last three years will not be there to hand me my DIPLOMA.”

There have been many campus events held in hopes of helping students find answers and an avenue towards internal peace. Some of these events have been fireside chats in which students have the opportunity to ask questions about these recent major and faculty cuts. In addition, GSGA has held prayer services and council meetings to help students express themselves in a productive manner. Some of these events include an All Day Prayer and Fast held in Luzader Chapel which took place all day Thursday, Oct. 31. There was also a prayer service held under Hogue Tower on Tuesday, Oct 29.

Students, faculty, and staff led in prayer by GSGA.
Media by: GSGA

Due to the severity of this situation and the impact of all those involved there will be many more conversations surrounding Greenville University. My recommendation is to be in constant prayer for our University, the students directly and indirectly affected, faculty who are grieving, and those who had to make these difficult decisions. As repeated by students and faculty alike, continue to hold administration accountable for transparency and specific answers to questions.

I firmly believe the Papyrus prides itself in doing its best to be one of the numerous voices on campus and we encourage all those with words who wish to be heard to reach out to any of these venues that will listen. For the sake of privacy and respect, the University has withheld the names of the professors whose contracts will not be renewed for the following year, giving time for professors to personally reach out to their students and update them. Along with so many students, I would like to express gratitude to the dedicated professors who invested in each of their students.

Media by Marissa Gomez.


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