LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - At USM Gulf Park in Long Beach on Friday students had a chance to tell university President Dr. Rodney Bennett about some of the concerns they have.
Among the issues the students raised: Why do they pay the same tuition as USM in Hattiesburg students, but don't have access to the same amenities, like an athletic center?
SGA President LaQuita Gresham along with dozens of other students say they've been trying to reach out to Dr. Bennett since February to talk about some of these issues.
After Friday's meeting they were appreciative that their voices were being heard.
"Coming out of the meeting, it feels a little bit better. Especially since he's going to meet with us a little more in depth," USM student Dina Agee said.
"It was great for the faculty to allow us to step in on their meeting a little bit, and give students the platform to be heard. And I just think it's powerful when I see students ban together. And when they demand answers and they use their rights to freedom of speech, that we are able to accomplish something," said Gresham.
Dr. Bennett was in town Friday to discuss structural changes at the Gulf Park Campus with faculty and staff. He has scheduled a formal meeting with the students on April 22.