CSU Stanislaus faculty, students protest at Chancellor White’s campus forum

CSU Chancellor Tim White was visibly troubled by the end of his visit Tuesday to CSU Stanislaus, where he was followed by protestors and grilled by faculty and students during a campus visit and forum.

Students for Quality Education (SQE), along with CFA Stanislaus Chapter President John Sarraillé, sang a version of “Stand By Me” to White as he entered a meeting. They continued to protest with chants during the closed-door meeting, and followed White and his entourage, along with a “dog and pony” show duo.

A sea of red-clad faculty and students greeted the chancellor during the campus forum later that afternoon. Only CFA Executive Committee members and SQE students lined up at the microphones to ask questions, many of which were pointed at the need to restore faculty salaries.

Faculty questioned White about hiring a diverse faculty to reflect the student population and questioned why the money for instruction has gone down as the student population has become less white. 

Jennifer Morales, a graduate student earning her master’s in social work at Stanislaus, challenged White about the ever-increasing student tuition and fees, and the impact those are having on accessibility. “You’re not creating opportunities, you’re creating disaster,” she said.