Students speak out against Senate Bill 5

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Students came out in throngs last night to voice their reasoning against Senate Bill 5 to Ohio University Student Senate.

Over a dozen students rose from their seats over the course of an almost an hour to give speeches illustrating predictions about what the passage of the bill would do to employees at OU and how the entire community would be affected. 

Others sat throughout the room holding large signs reading "No on Issue 2." 

Many emphasized the fact that the all the students in the room value higher education at some level, and the rights of the people who make that possible should be protected. 

"We need to protect the people who clean our residence halls, cook our food, and keep our campus safe," says a student speaker against Senate Bill 5. 

Student Senate recently blocked a resuolution by several student senators to support protecting the collective bargaining rights of Ohio University faculty. 

That position was changed, and a survey was distributed about Issue 2 so that attendees at tonight's meeting could be informed. 

A vote on the resolution is expected at next week's meeting.