When I walked into my English class for the first time this semester, I was immediately taken aback by how crowded the room was. I sat down in my seat, only to find it sinking beneath me. This is a common experience on the Laney campus, many desks have broken hydraulics that deflate on impact. I switched chairs. I placed my pen down next to my books and watched as it slowly rolled off the crooked desk.
Students placed on the wait list had shown up hoping to attend the class as they waited for others to drop. These students couldn’t even find an open chair. The teacher told them to leave, as there was no hope of enrolling.
These are the small but constant ordeals Laney students face every day, whether it’s a crowded classroom, or not being able to enroll in a class they need. Attending college at Laney means weathering ceaseless obstacles. Budget cuts will have an adverse effect on the already incessant systemic difficulties and decaying campus.
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