English 135, Section 1 – Spring 2010
We travel, initially, to lose ourselves;
and we travel, next, to find ourselves.
Professor Cathleen Miller
Office hours: Thursday 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. and by appointment
You will notice on the schedule days marked "FURLOUGH."
Here is the reason:
2003 the California State University System, of which San José State is a member,
has lost over ONE BILLION DOLLARS in funding.
System-wide the budget for this year
was cut $584 million dollars, with $40 million dollars of that falling to SJSU.
does all this mean to you?
You have seen your tuition increased as a result, at the
same time classes you may have needed were cut.
University administration has
reduced their hours and will not be able to offer many services in a timely manner.
Lecturers on campus have lost their jobs.
The remaining faculty has agreed to a
9.23% pay cut to help the budget shortfall, and as part of this agreement, the faculty
union mandated that we must receive a proportional decrease in workload, hence
the furloughed days of the semester we will not meet.
What this all adds up to is a crisis which will only worsen with time if we do not
pressure our state legislature to properly fund education. I encourage you to step up
and get involved in your higher education, your future, and the future of California.
Contact your state legislators and tell them what you think. Contact our
Governor. Attend the rallies and events that will occur on campus this semester.
Support Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico’s bill AB656 to help fund state
universities and community colleges with a tax on oil companies.
By taking action,
we can make change!
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814