SIUC students rally to support teachers

Hundreds of SIU students gathered outside of Anthony Hall, to send a unified message to Chancellor Rita Cheng and the administration.

Carrying signs with requests for their teachers to be back in the classrooms, they began to march around Anthony Hall.

"I'm out here to show my support for the faculty association," said Molly Howard-Crow.  "And to urge the administration to come to a fair settlement agreement. So we can get our instructors back. And get the university operating back to normal again."

The students continued their march around the SIU campus stopping for a brief moment at each one of the main entrances on campus where union members stood on the picket line.

They've been on strike since Nov. 3.

"I love my teachers and I support everything they do," said Stephanie Klos.  "None of them were here today in class. And the past few days have been difficult for me and my classmates. I think this whole strike is ridiculous. And I think it needs to be over with soon."

But, that isn't going to happen for at least another day.

"While we will seriously consider the board team's revised offer, we are extremely disappointed that they have broken off negotiations this evening," said David Johnson spokesperson for the SIUC Faculty Association.

"Their premature departure ensures that the strike by faculty on the SIUC campus will continue at least one more day.  The faculty team will work through the evening to prepare for negotiations and be ready to meet with the BOT team Tuesday morning."

The students vow to march across campus again on Tuesday to continue showing their support for their teachers.

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