Protests Over Language Cuts at Albany

October 19, 2010

Students, faculty and alumni are objecting to planned eliminations of many language programs at the State University of New York at Albany, packing a faculty meeting Monday, The Albany Times-Union reported. One alumnus, Ronald Bustin, told the newspaper that he was changing his will as a result of the furor, ending a planned donation to Albany. "They're telling students humanities mean nothing," he said. George Philip, president of the university, told the faculty meeting that he supported the humanities but that the university needed to preserve some programs by eliminating others with low enrollments. "Cutting budgets across the board is a formula for mediocrity," Philip said. "What it ultimately does over time is weaken every program on campus."

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