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Millersville Marauders United

Millersville Marauders united!

“...the thing that, I think, was most important to, from the press perspective, as well as our own, I guess, emotional health and wellbeing, or just wanting to keep fighting, was knowing that the students understood.”1 -Kathleen Walsh

hey hey, ho ho, Chancellor Brogan has to go

Time To Strike Back

Time to strike back

The students involvement became one of the most memorable moments of the strike.  Of the students interviewed, the majority firmly expressed their willingness to stand alongside their professors to offer additional support. As Katie Lundy (Past Millersville University Undergraduate) remarked, this support turned into a “reciprocal thing because of the love and initial support and academic support…” they’ve personally received from the faculty.2 Matching Katie’s comment, many other student interviewees affirmed this desire to offer the same encouragement that their educators often gave them. In other words, as stated by Marcus Wardle (English Undergraduate): “Students will stand with their professors.”3

In response, a variety of the professors interviewed expressed their initial surprise to “the depth of students” that arrived.4 Unassociated with APSCUF, students personally organized their involvement themselves. Even APSCUF president, Barry David (Applied Engineering, Safety and Technology) commented that he “knew nothing about it until that very day.”5

Confronting The Source: PA's State System of Higher Education

Confronting the source: student's at the Dixon Center

This decision to participate took on various forms of unity for different student groups. Some congregated at various picketing locations, actively interacting with, and defending, faculty members. Others arranged a march. As recalled by Lundy, various students “met out in front of the library,” before “walking around and….using our voices to express our opinions.”6 To her, the march was a massive success for the students, producing “a lot of really great emotions.”7

Even the student band, The Big Boy Brass Band, participated, providing music for those involved. Illuminating on the experience, Connor Devlin (Past Millersville Undergraduate) felt jovial about bringing hype to the picketers. Accompanying 11 other members, Connor played the sousaphone for the Big Boy Brass Band. Using jazzy tunes and group chants, the players transformed the atmosphere into one of good-natured dancing and cheering among “professors and students alike.”8 To him, “it really brought everybody together.”9

Big Boy Brass Band

Reaching High For That Hype

Reaching high for that hype

Food For The Win.

Food for the win

Thus, the student’s presence generated feelings of validation and warmth among a number of the faculty involved in the strike. Kat Walsh (Social Work) continuously reinforced these feelings throughout her interview. For her, watching students join the picket line became “very validating knowing that students would get up.”10 With the knowledge that the walk-out offered a kind of brief vacation from classes, Kat noted that students “could have slept in or they could have just not gone to class.”11 Yet, despite these options, students still participated. In her eyes, these actions represented something meaningful “because those students had the most to lose.”12

"And I'll never forget I stopped right in front of the library here and then I walked around the corner and I pass a small group of students, it's pitch dark still right, early, carrying water bottles and a bowl of grapes and they said “would you like some grapes? How about some water?” And I couldn't believe it, they were already out there showing support, you know, for the faculty which was, which was just amazing."13 -Barry David

Overall, the various forms of unity expressed by the students emphasized their dedication to the faculty that taught them. Standing on the picket line herself, Melissa Gold (Reference Librarian) recounted the “significant amount of time” students spent alongside their professors, commiting hours to the walk-out.14 Mirroring Walsh’s statement, she recognized that they “could be doing anything,” however, it was  nice to see them take the time out of their day to back-up faculty members during their fight for better higher education and equal treatment of adjunct professors.15

“And it was just like having people make this individual choice, it wasn't about being swept up in excitement, it wasn't about colluding with your friends, it was about just showing your personal inclination and I was just, I was so proud of those students and really, really moved.”16 -Line Bruntse

I Stand With My Professors

I stand with my professors

  1. Kathleen Walsh (Social Work) interview by Stephanie Pennucci and Tatiana Pashkova-Balkenhol, December 5, 2016, transcript, Millersville University Special Collections, Millersville, PA.
  2. Katie Lundy (Past Millersville University Undergraduate) interview by Lauren Cameron, March 24, 2017, transcript, Millersville University Special Collections, Millersville, PA.
  3. Marcus Wardle (English Undergraduate) interview by Elizabeth Nelson, March 8, 2017, transcript, Millersville University Special Collections, Millersville, PA.
  4. Robyn Davis (History) interview by Elizabeth Nelson and Katie Barrett, November 30, 2016, transcript, Millersville University Special Collections, Millersville, PA.
  5. Barry David (Applied Engineering, Safety and Technology), interview by Elizabeth Nelson and Katie Barrett, November 28, 2016, transcript, Millersville University Special Collections, Millersville, PA.
  6. Lundy, interview.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Connor Devlin (Past Millersville Undergraduate) interview by Tyler Bagi, March 6, 2017,  transcript, Millersville University Special Collections, Millersville, PA.
  9. Ibid.
  10. Walsh, interview.
  11. Ibid.
  12. Ibid.
  13. David, interview.
  14. Melissa Gold (Reference Librarian) interview by Elizabeth Nelson and Katie Barrett, November 14, 2016, transcript, Millersville University Special Collections, Millersville, PA.
  15. Ibid.
  16. Line Bruntse (Sculpture, 3D Design and Drawing) interview by Lauren Cameron, November 16, 2016, transcript, Millersville University Special Collections, Millersville, PA.