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SC State alumni rally behind university, call on students to 'stay the course'

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ORANGEBURG, SC (WCSC) -

South Carolina State University's Orangeburg Alumni Chapter held a press conference Friday afternoon announcing its efforts to support the school.

The energy was extremely high as alumni reassured students they will do what they can to keep this university open. They called on students to do their part in calling lawmakers and encouraging their parents to do the same.

"Your role is to stay the course, stay focused, attend classes, get the very best education you can because one day I want to see you making the laws for this university," said Elvia Thomas, who graduated in 1962.

On Tuesday, a House's Ways and Means Committee voted to suspend all operations and programs for one fiscal year, beginning July 1, through the 2015-16 school year.

President Thomas Elzey and the Board of Trustees say they will work with the General Assembly and its committees to improve the university's current finances and develop a viable plan for the upcoming year. On Thursday, the Board said will continue to honor Elzey's employment contract.

The proposal is expected to go before lawmakers again next week.

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