Student and protester Siobhan Patnode told the Press-Republican that some of the those pegged for layoff are the best teachers she’s ever had at the college.
“I don’t think any of the teachers should lose their jobs … these people have families, and they’re great teachers,” she said.
TO EDUCATE, GAIN SUPPORT
“We are extremely proud of our students for standing up for something that’s important to them, and we’re very grateful for their support,” said June Foley, press officer and representative at large to the Executive Committee of the college’s Faculty Association.
Of the protest, Jablonski said he respected the right of the college’s students to have a voice.
“As long as it’s peaceful and respectful, it certainly is an appropriate way for them to express their ideas and concerns,” he said.
Shelby Patrie, a student senator who organized the demonstration with Ashley Lester, told the Press-Republican before the event that she did so in hopes of educating the student body and the community about the layoffs and gaining support for the college employees who are slated to lose their jobs.
“We love the faculty here,” she said.
‘BLOW TO ART’
Patrie added that she witnessed faculty members waiting by their office phones last Friday to see if they or colleagues were going to receive a summons to the president’s office.
It had been announced, Foley said, that phone calls regarding the layoffs would start at noon that day.
“The way that they laid people off was very undignified,” Patrie said. “It was very sad.”
Ian Burcroff, an assistant professor of humanities at Clinton Community, received notification that his position will be eliminated.
In addition to teaching art classes there for a number of years, Burcroff, who attended the student protest, also serves as the adviser to the school’s Art Club.