Reported by Liku Zelleke
Students at Howard University have taken to Twitter to air their grievances regarding the conditions at their school. They have been tweeting messages regarding the mold, rats, nonfunctioning air conditioners and the limited number of staff on campus. They are also protesting against red tape and glitches in financial aid at the school.
The university’s leaders, meanwhile, have admitted that they are feeling the effects of the school’s financial problems. Staff members have had to be laid off and the university has had to have its credit ratings downgraded, for the third time in as many years, because Howard University Hospital had a $37 million loss of profit last year.
@gr00vetheory tweeted, “My problem is that I’m paying $47000+ for deteriorating conditions, negative attitudes, and the runaround. We’re tired.”
“I love my HBCU, I love Howard that’s why I need the administration to show that same love and do better #TakeBackHU,” was sent out by @Wolfofwarentst.
“How do you expect us to succeed in our classes when we often have online assignments and the wifi is rarely on? @WFrederickMD #TakeBackHU,” tweeted @ItsHalesMane.
As more and more students went online and continued to vent their frustrations, Howard University’s president, himself an alum, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick had no option but to address the tweets with one of his own.
He sent out: “My team & I are working diligently towards a comprehensive communication & resolve for your concerns. Your voices are heard and appreciated.”
Leading the social media campaign is Jalen Williams, a senior at the university, who said, “It’s just a peaceful call to action. I want people to understand is that the students here, we love our university. So we just want to see things change for the better.”
All this comes right on the heels of the anticipated grand celebration of the school’s 150th anniversary that will take place in 2017.
Hopefully, Howard University will soon see itself back in its rightful place among the fore of HBCUs before all hope is lost as was tweeted by @JuliaOsagie19, who said, “We were sold a dream & provided a completely different reality. #TakeBackHU”