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Cuts uncertain, NCSU braces for the worst

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  • TECHNICIANRaleigh, North Carolina

    technicianonline.com

    Ravi Chittilla & Mark HerringStaff Writer & Correspondent

    When Gov. Pat McCrory proposed his 2013-15 budget in March, his recommended $140 million cut to the UNC System sparked a debate about the role of government in public education. Though Chancellor Randy Woodson said he wont make a final judgment of the budget until it passes the House, N.C. State is al-ready preparing to cut library services. At the height

    of the recession, North Carol ina l awmakers cut more than $400 million from the UNC System due to reduced government revenue. In 2011, the state legislature demand-ed that N.C. State cut its budget by 15 percent. Since then, University administrators have scaled back programs, cut faculty positions, in-creased class sizes and nearly frozen

    faculty salaries.Republican House Speaker Thom

    Tillis said if he was chancellor of a UNC System school, he would find other sources of revenue to gain in-dependence from state government. Democrats in the N.C. House

    said the cuts are a threat to the states economy and warn the state

    is falling short of its constitutional obligation to keep education as free as practicable.The N.C. Senate

    budget will cross over to the House of Representatives May 16, and Dem-ocratic representa-tives said they fear UNC System cuts could be deeper than those pro-

    posed by McCrory.[The cuts are] really even more

    than what they seem to be, said Rep. Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland), who serves on the Appropriations

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    Representatives and Senators of North Carolina,

    Enough is enough. Our University is dying. No, it is being killed by budget cuts taking place within a systemic attack on public services. But we, the stu-dents, faculty and staff of the UNC System, will not put up with this any longer.

    Sen. Tom Apodaca, if you had graduated from N.C. State when you got your bachelors degree, your tuition would have been six percent of what we pay today, and even adjusting for inflation, 18 percent of that. Cuts have kept faculty and staff pay nearly stag-nant for years, as class sizes and contingent faculty have swelled in number.

    You recently decided to eliminate North Carolinas estate tax, which will help only 140 families in the state, while costing it more than $60 million every year. Point being, there is enough money its just a matter of how you choose to use it. Right now, youre using it to the harm of the many; the many being us, whose futures depend on the UNC System.

    We demand you stop your assault on education. If you defund our universities, we will defend them. Sincerely, ____________________

    Cuts uncertain, NCSU prepares for worst Student group uses

    the power

    of protest

    Jake MoserNews Editor

    A single person doesnt have the ability change his or her gov-ernment, but as history shows, there is power in numbers. In 2011, Egyptian citizens

    overthrew their corrupt dictator after 30 years in office through the power of protest, start-ing a wave of demonstrations, civil wars and revolutions that flooded the Arab world. In 1963, more than 200,000

    protesters marched on Wash-ington D.C. demanding civil and economic rights for Afri-can-Americans, leading to the signing of the Civil Rights Act.While the words of Martin

    Tuition increases hurt students throughout U.S.Jake MoserNews Editor

    The cost of going to college has more than doubled over the past 30 years nationwide, but has the quali-ty of higher education followed suit?A major reason for this price in-

    crease is soaring national tuition rates which, on average, rose 4.8 percent this school year and 8.4 percent the year before, according to the College Board. This is not just a national prob-

    lem. College students around the world have protested rising college fees from Montreal, to Chile, to England. While N.C. State ranked sixth in

    USA Today and the Princeton Re-views list of best value public col-leges in 2013, the University is no exception when it comes to tuition hikes.In 2012, the UNC Board of Gover-

    nors approved a 9.8 percent tuition

    increase for in-state students at N.C. State, and Gov. Pat McCrory suggested a 12.3 percent increase for out-of-state students this past March, which was largely shot down by lawmakers on both aisles. Rising tuition is especially a con-

    cern for out-of-state students like Sara Kerr, a senior in science educa-tion from Bedford, Va.Kerr, who plans to remain in the

    state as a teacher after graduation, was born in North Carolina but is not a resident of the state. She said N.C. State makes her feel at home. Despite Kerrs connection to the

    state, rising tuition has added stress to her college experience. [Increasing tuition costs] made

    me rush through college so I can get out in a shorter time, Kerr said. I havent made as good of grades as I had hoped because I was trying to take 19 credit hours, and working to make sure I can pay for everything has also affected how much I can

    hang out with my friends.Tsekai English, a senior in math-

    ematics from Cambridge, Mass. is also being pressured by tuition hikes to graduate quickly. Graduating on time is always in

    the back of my mind because out-of-state tuition is so much more money and because its increasing more, English said. It really motivates me to finish my degree as fast as I can. I definitely still enjoy N.C. State, but Im always thinking, Is my finan-cial aid going to be enough? How many loans am I going to have to take out?The University blames a decrease

    in state aid over the past few years for its rising tuition, and with Gov. McCrory in office, many speculate the situation wont get any better. Only two states in the U.S. have

    granted more funding to higher education in the past five years

    Race to the Top sparks more debateSara AwadStaff Writer

    A grand jury indicted 35 staff members from Atlanta Public Schools March 29, including former national superintendent of the year Beverly Hall, according to CNN. The staff members are charged with racketeering, theft by taking and making false statements.

    The scandal occurred after the state examined mysterious increases in test scores, which were allegedly due to cheating. James Martin, chemistry profes-

    sor and Board of Education member, said he thinks scandals like these are due to programs like Race to the Top. Funded by the 2009 Ameri-can Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Race to the Top asks states to

    compete for funding by improving scholastic achievement and creating plans for reform. President Barack Obama approved the program.Making education a race increases

    the chance schools will try to use shortcuts to show improvement, Martin said. Anything in education if you tell

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    CHRIS RUPERT/TECHNICIANTom Ross, president of the UNC System, which manages the public universities in North Carolina, speaks in the Walnut Room of the Talley Student Center April 2, 2013. Ross spoke about Gov. Pat McCrorys then recently proposed budget cuts.

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    make a move Sarah Timberlake, graduate student in communication

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  • News

    Taylor OQuinnStaff Writer

    Amidst government cuts to education, N.C. State has found a way to stay competi-tive and find funding. As universities across the

    nation, such as Clemson University, Michigan State University and the Massa-chusetts Institute of Technol-ogy, seek private grants and partnerships to help offset drastic reductions in income, N.C. State is no exception. Currently, 65 partners ei-

    ther rent office spaces or are headquartered on Centennial Campus, according to Leah Burton, director of partner-ship development on Centen-nial Campus. The whole idea of Centen-

    nial is to create a place where faculty and students can col-laborate with the government and corporations together, Burton said.

    STUDENTS AND PARTNERSHIPSThe question is of ten

    asked: Are students only seeking a job through the partners on Centennial, or is academia also important to industry? Student Body President, Andy Walsh, said he hopes theres a little bit of both.Its important that the val-

    ues of our degrees are taken seriously, Walsh said. CEO of Research Triangle

    Park, Bob Geolas, said he be-lieves students are getting an education while also making an investment in a talent or skill that helps them in their future endeavors.

    Subcommittee on Educa-tion. Im hearing rumors that the Senate budget will be less than the governors budget. Thats a rumor we dont know. Those cuts are signif icant, but they are deepl