- Posted January 16, 2014 by
Colorado State University - Pueblo Faces $3.3 Million in Cuts
PUEBLO, CO – Colorado State University-Pueblo is facing some serious cuts in their budget and personnel this semester. Today in Pueblo, Colorado the community came together to protest the cuts in the budget and to as many as 50 faculty and staff. The community rally was formed to protest the proposed cuts that the University wants to make. The protesters were found marching in downtown Pueblo today carrying signs saying “Students First! Find the Budget!” and “Save My Future, Stop Budget Cuts!” all behind a large banner being carried that said “Save CSU-Pueblo.” According to The Pueblo Chieftain some lawmakers in the area are urging the CSU System Chancellor Michael Martin to reconsider the cuts that could be layoffs for many faculty and staff next year.
Administrators and various staff and faculty have been meeting since early last year to talk about ways to balance the budget for the 2014-2015 academic years and feel that they have come to a resolution. On Friday, January 17th at 3pm (MDT) there will be a public forum held on campus in the Occhiato University Center to discuss the process in which the University has used to come to the solution they are announcing according to an email from the University’s President Leslie Di Mare sent to the campus community today. President Di Mare also stated in the email that the University will be allowing peaceful protesting on campus during this forum but that no signs would be allowed inside the building.
According to another report from The Pueblo Chieftain, many are questioning some big budget expenses such as a new sports complex and six new sports that would cost $2.5 million. According to President Leslie Di Mare these expenses are not coming from the budget that supports faculty and staff. Student Dustin Cox stated that the money for the expansion of the athletics on campus is coming from a $25 million donation initiative being put on by the CSU-Pueblo Foundation. The initiative is called “CSU-Pueblo On the Move” and is a comprehensive plan to raise money for scholarships, sports, and facility improvements.
Friday there will be a rally on campus for students, faculty, and staff to protest the cuts in the budget and personnel along with the one-hour long forum to discuss the plans for the cuts. I will be continuing to follow the developments of this story as things happen and will update this story as often as possible.