BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) — Students at Southern University say things on campus aren't getting any better. That's after registration problems, news about teacher furloughs and word on a possible declaration of a financial emergency.
"This is by far the worst semester I have ever seen," says Southern University student Jasmine Hughes. Freshman Keyon Hayes knows what Jasmine is talking about, "I had to come at two o'clock in the morning. I was in the financial aid line. I came up everyday that week, still didn't get anything right, so I had to come back at two in the morning. I stood in line. I slept here on the bleachers in Seymour Hall to get my financial aid done."
With enrollment on the way down out on the Bluff, students like Hughes say they wouldn't be surprised to see even more students leave, "I have had several friends withdraw from the university over the financial aid issues." Hayes says he feels the same way, "If the issues kept going like that, I was thinking about transferring."
Gabriel James says he hopes it doesn't come to that. He believes Southern University can get back on the right track, "Southern isn't as bad as people make it seem. It's just that they need to get their things organized."