“If students are having an issue getting hired after they’ve put at least four years of their life and thousands of dollars into their education, then there’s an issue with that”
This debate has been going on for a few years now. Some students traveled hundreds of miles just to attend this protest, because attending a protest is the most important thing students can do now.
Student protesters urge state to change Dixie State University’s name
State Senate leaders in Utah say a bill to rename Dixie State University will get a debate this session, after a group of students rallied at the Capitol in favor of removing “Dixie” from the school’s name.
About 50 students made the 300-mile bus trip from St. George, in the southwestern corner of the state, to Salt Lake City for the protest and to meet with state senators about HB278, which calls for the university’s board of trustees to select a new name by November.
The bill passed the House on February 10 but had reportedly stalled in the Senate.
The legislative session ends next week.
Nursing student Abigail Scherzinger helped organize the trip and told CNN that the stigma surrounding the school’s name is a big concern for students.
“If students are having an issue getting hired after they’ve put at least four years of their life and thousands of dollars into their education, then there’s an issue with that,” she said.
Scherzinger, 20, is the chief of staff of the student government association and said she’s concerned that it might be harder for her to get into a graduate program outside of Utah.
“If you have been working so hard to get into the master’s program of your dreams and in your five-minute interview, they spent three of those minutes asking you about where Dixie State University is, or why you chose to go to a university called Dixie State University. I really think that that’s an issue,” she said.
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