USF Student Government Sets Up Letter Writing Campaign

Matt Diaz, USF SG President
TAMPA (2012-2-21) -

In the age of e-mail and social media, the student government at the University of South Florida is trying something a little-bit different: an old-fashioned letter writing campaign.

They're protesting proposed budget cuts to USF by the state Senate that by some estimates are disproportionate compared to other universities.

The goal is to collect 1,500 hand-written letters from members of the USF community to deliver to lawmakers next week.

Student Body President Matt Diaz says the cuts are the talk of the campus.

"It's shocking how viral this entire issue has been," Diaz said. "I see it on my Facebook news feed every day. When I walk through the campus, I hear the conversations. And our local student government is really trying to keep the pressure up for the next two weeks."

The letter writing campaign is scheduled to culminate Thursday evening in what organizers are calling a Rally to Save USF.

And if the letters don't work...they've asked the Hillsborough County elections office to be on campus this week registering students to vote.

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