"For me, I'm a music industry major," says junior Christina Letsinger. "Not having adequate equipment like iMacs, and the adequate software, like Photoshop, Pro Tools and Final Cut Pro and the updated version so we can go into the workforce and say I know these things."
Letsinger started the social media blitz and her fellow Tigers quickly joined, sharing stories of missing financial aid money, and housing horrors.
"My question is why are they accepting so many people and not having enough housing for them, and then having them stay in hotels," says freshman Risi Sule.
Sule and several friends tell us they paid to live in the new dorms on campus, but were put in the aging dorms instead because construction was not completed on schedule. They say the university refuses to refund the difference in the cost.
One student tweeted that she saw parents crying at the housing check-in because they had to leave and didn't know if their child would have a place to lay their head, and that she saw administrators laughing about it. That student says she was not able to get housing this semester and commutes from Galveston for class.
"A lot of the issues that we're talking about aren't really new issues," says junior Kaleb Taylor. "And we've tried to work with administration. We've tried the proposals, the meetings, the petitions, and it seems like they don't respond."
But this time is different. The university released a statement promising to listen to the students and work toward resolution. The entire statement is below.
- Students are a top priority in every aspect of our operations at Texas Southern University. The university administration is taken aback by the flurry of social media surrounding issues that have occurred at the beginning of this semester.
TSU Administrators are aware that members of the Student Government Association have a campus peer meeting scheduled for Monday, September 21. We will trust this process and will be prepared to meet with student leaders at the conclusion of that assembly.
The TSU Administration welcomes and values student opinions. We will listen to concerns posed by the student body and, in turn, work toward a resolution.