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Grambling turns to alumni in homecoming fundraiser

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Grambling students, alumni, and faculty take to the mic at KGRM Radio with an appeal to former students in town for homecoming: give to your alma mater and give big.

Audrey Gilbreath answered that request with a $10,000 donation.

"It's a call to action basically for us alumni to say 'Hey, this has been a great university for many of us who are who we are because of Grambling State University.'" Gilbreath says.

Gilbreath says she planned on writing the check even before the football strike cast a national spotlight on her former stopping grounds.

Related Article: Grambling players end boycott, will attend practice Monday

The G-men cited poor facility conditions, long bus trips, and the firing of head coach Doug Williams among their frustrations with university leadership.

Students say they do feel the effects of budget cuts.

"To cut money from schools- especially a HBCU- that puts us in the area of extreme risk," says senior Azania Briggs.

GSU President Dr. Frank Pogue says the university's state funding has dropped from 31.4 million to 13.6 million in recent years.

He acknowledges Friday's Radiothon- which netted $35,000- won't fill the hole, but he says it's a start.

"We want to focus on the academics of this institution," Pogue says. "We want to focus on the needs- the financial needs- of the institution as well."

Pogue says there are plans to start a capital campaign to address some of the university's issues.

The Radiothon ended at 8PM Friday and raised designated and unrestricted funds for academic and athletic scholarships, recruitment and retention efforts.

Last year, the event raised $31,000.

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