Diaz plans to hand-deliver these letters to Tallahassee next Wednesday, Feb. 29. He said the Senate should be in the midst of conference at the time.
“We want to keep the conversation on funding for higher education and keeping tuition low,” Diaz said.
Although the amount of letters written is great, less than 100 students appeared at the rally. Despite this, the event attracted local stations ABC Action News, News Channel 8 and Channel 10 News.
Presidential candidate Christina Hughes said, “Even though [the number of people is] few, a few means a lot.”
After the presidential candidates addressed the audience, previous student body president Cesar Hernandez gave a speech, mentioning that last year only seven to nine USF students voted in local elections.
“When Buddha was on his deathbed, his disciples asked him what he wanted to be known as. He said, ‘I want to be known as the one who woke up,’” Hernandez said. “USF, wake up!”
Diaz then took the stage and mentioned although budget cuts for USF have been reduced from 58 percent to 26 percent, the battle is not over. After a brief speech, he closed the event with, “As always guys, go bulls.”