YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University administration accused faculty of "leaving students in the lurch" in a Tuesday night email, but that didn't stop many YSU students from joining their professors Wednesday morning to picket.
Theodore Bucci stood along Wick Avenue with his four friends, holding a sign which read, "For Pete's sake pay your employees," a reference for the university's pandemic responsibilty campaign, "For Pete's sake, protect your fellow Penguins."
"I believe it's just despicable the way they treat faculty as an expendable resource to line their pockets," said Bucci. "They worry honestly more about sports than the core principles of the university."
"They're using the pandemic to shove an agenda, and it's not fair," added Ginny Phillips, who was picketing with Bucci. "The university should treat its faculty with respect, because they're delivering the education to the students, not [YSU President] Jim Tressel."
Negotiations will resume at 1 p.m. today.