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Apr 11, 2010 12:16 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Stony Brook Southampton students plan protest march on Monday

Apr 11, 2010 12:16 PM

Hundreds of Stony Brook Southampton students are planning a protest march from Rocky Point to Stony Brook University’s main campus on Monday morning to raise awareness about drastic cuts announced last week that will significantly reduce the educational offerings at the college campus in Shinnecock Hills.

Student leaders said they plan to deliver a package of letters to Stony Brook University President Dr. Samuel Stanley on Monday morning, and then to stage a sit-in outside his office in the Administration Building until 6 p.m.

Students said they plan meet in the main parking lot at Stony Brook Southampton at 5:45 a.m., and then carpool to the Kohl’s on Route 25A in Rocky Point. At 7 a.m., they will leave from that point and march down Route 25A until they reach Stony Brook University’s main campus in Stony Brook.

The march is expected to take approximately four hours, according to Caroline Dwyer, a student leader from Stony Brook Southampton. Ms. Dwyer said that she anticipates about 300 people, including students, faculty, parents and community members, to participate in the march.

Stony Brook Southampton students have been mobilizing to save their school since Tuesday, when they learned from media reports that Stony Brook University would be effectively shutting down the satellite campus at the end of the summer, due to mounting cuts in state funding. In recent days, students have been meeting with local legislators, collecting signatures for petitions and gathering letters from students, parents and others, which they plan to deliver to Dr. Stanley on Monday.

After the sit-in concludes at 6 p.m., Stony Brook Southampton buses, as well as buses donated by Hampton Jitney, will take students back to Rocky Point, Ms. Dwyer said.

A Facebook page created last week to advocate for the campus had more than 11,000 fans on Sunday.

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Best of luck! I support your efforts and hope that your voice and message are heard loud and clear.
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Apr 11, 10 4:11 PM
I do not support these cuts at the college one bit and I certainly support your efforts , but call me old school . I think it would be more impressive if you started your walk from Stony Brook Southampton . Good Luck .
By AndersEn (174), Southampton on Apr 11, 10 4:54 PM
It would be great if everyone COULD walk from Southampton -however they will be missing a day of classes as is- so very proud of the students doing this! Instead of complaining and crying -they are taking action!!! I will be thinking of you and hope you are all safe and HEARD!!!
By mustangrobin (3), westhanpton on Apr 11, 10 5:16 PM
Good luck, students! Taking to the streets is the right response and I hope others decide to join you!
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Apr 11, 10 7:52 PM
As a matter of fact, we were supposed to start from our campus: a 46 mile walk.

However, to walk along a highway, a permit is needed from the town the highway runs through. This means we would've needed to acquire 60+ permits before Monday (I'm not sure of the actual figure, this is just what has circulated).
So in case you haven't already noticed, I'm just letting you know that we are very serious about what we do here! And we are in no way ready to let go.
By xOhSugar (1), Southampton on Apr 11, 10 7:55 PM
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By fdny7318 (60), Water Mill on Apr 12, 10 9:13 AM
Thanks for the support.
By Cdwyer213 (68), Quogue on Apr 12, 10 9:32 AM