UHV students react to possible system change


March 10, 2011 at 10 p.m.
Updated March 9, 2011 at 9:10 p.m.

University of Houston-Victoria Student Senate President Paige Ruschhaupt wants politicians involved in her school's possible switch to remember the student body.

"Students are in the middle of this," she said. "I would really like for them to remember that this is about the students. The university is about the students, whether we're UHV, whether we're Texas A&M."

Tuesday, Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, filed legislation to request the school be moved from the UH System into the Texas A&M system of schools.

Many students were shocked, and not all were happy.

"I thought coming here I would graduate as being a UHV Jaguar and not Texas A&M," said Shelby Lugo, 19, a freshman who is studying computer science. "I don't know why they didn't plan this out to where it would stay UHV."

Others are happy about the switch because they believe it could potentially mean more funding for things like sports.

"I think that us changing systems can only benefit the university itself," said Cory Anderson, 21, an education major who plays on the golf team. "More money always helps."

Though it's highly unlikely, Dawn Villegas, a 20-year-old sophomore education major, worries her courses might change.

"The only concern I would say is if our programs are going to be the same," she said.

Another unsettled issue is how graduating students will be impacted by the name change in the fall.

Danielle Lopez, a graduate student who will complete her masters degree in December, is happy that Texas A&M might be on it because of its prestige.

"I'm getting my dream masters, from my dream university," she said.

Ruschhaupt believes both systems will help serve the incoming underclassmen, who are mostly minorities and first generation students, and that same group should be in the forefront of decisionmakers' minds.

"There's so many politics in this when really it should be just about the students," she said. "Once the students make their opinion known, keep those in account."



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