Big crowd rallies against LHU cuts

Decision on track teams fate to come Thursday

LOCK HAVEN – About 250 students, alumni, faculty members, community residents and others stood in front of Price Auditorium on Tuesday, showing support for Lock Haven University’s two men’s track and field teams, now threatened with extinction.

Many wore crimson and white, and most of the speakers talked about the “family” feeling the teams have had under coach Aaron Russell and former coach Jim Dolan.

They were preaching to the choir for the most part, but their shouts of “Save Haven” were heard across the main part of campus as they marched from historic Rogers Gym to the new amphitheater at Price, chanting and carrying signs with slogans including “Don’t break up our family,” “Think long-term,” and “Some cuts never heal.”

They are racing against a deadline – LHU President Dr. Michael Fiorentino Jr. is expected to announce his decision on the two teams Thursday, along with other changes in the athletics department. The announcement will come during a “meet-and-discuss” session with the coaches union, according to Rodney Jenkins, vice president of university relations.

Read the full story on the rally in Wednesday’s edition of The Express, found online at