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Why YSU will survive adversity

Published: Mon, February 14, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Why YSU will survive adversity

As a 35-year-old grad- uate school student at Youngstown State, the violence of Feb. 6 gave me pause. I thought, “Did I make the right decision with all of the education options available?” However, an incident in the fall made me remember one of the reasons why I came to Youngstown State.

I was looking for the graduate school office, apparently in the wrong building. As I was turning around to leave and look for the correct building, YSU president Dr. Cynthia Anderson walked out of her office and asked if she could help me. I explained what office I was looking for, and she informed me that the office had moved. Then, she said, “I’m headed out that way, let me show you where the building is.” The university president, helping a student find a building, is not something that happens on every campus.

YSU is truly a family. I have an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree from Youngstown State. I am proud of these degrees and hate to hear anyone talk poorly of Youngstown State. The recent violence is painful, because when you hurt a few people in the YSU family, you hurt us all. I know that YSU will come together to work through this tragedy. So much has been done to beautify the campus. New buildings are built on a regular basis, with a gorgeous recreation center and college of business among them. This incident should not dissuade students from coming to YSU.

We have survived tough times before, and we will unite to survive this. Youngstown State is the backbone of a sleeping giant of a city, which is slowly rising to its feet to stand proudly and regain its once great reputation.

Rick Fawcett, McDonald


1Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Hey there Youngstown!!

You've moved up from #17 to #14 in the Forbes "Most Miserable Cities" list, just released last week. I'm sure its simply bad luck. Maybe Youngstown was built on land cursed by the gods, or its the water.

Or maybe, just maybe, it has something to do with who's been running your city, who BTW has been all Democratic-Socialists for decades.

Naww, that can't be it! Public policy doesn't affect the public! Must be the ancient Indian curse....


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2computer_rick(137 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Of course it will survive. Where else can folks pursue a degree in the area, and live at home?

YSU is basically a commuter college. It is not as if the place is a bargain. Or that they have a job placement service for grads. Seriously, for what you pay for YSU, you can go to Ohio State, and have a degree from a "known" University. Well, I mean "known" for reasons other than the obvious.

Don't get me wrong, I like YSU, and other than their questionable choices of administrators (getting hit by a car and suing the college for instance) they are doing a great job revitalizing the downtown.

OK, I am not down on YSU. I am also not entirely "up" on YSU either. You can always count on a few negative stories per year, that pretty much center on YSU's "good old boy" internal network. But, they are doing a great job buying and building. Let's just hope they don't price themselves out to the point where folks actually decide maybe the commute to Akron or Kent really is not that bad...

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3reasonable(5 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

@computer_rick From the university websites:

Tuition and fees for one academic year at YSU: $7,199
Tuition and fees for one academic year at OSU: $9,420

Room and board at YSU: $7,600
Room and board at OSU: $10,164

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