Protestors March Against Budget Cuts

Students, staff and faculty marched from the Davis Center to the President’s Wing at noon on Friday in protest of the announced $10.8 Million cuts from UVM’s 2010 General Fund Budget.”We are here today because 16 people at the University were laid off, many of whom have worked here for years,” Maxwell Tracy, a senior and organizer of the protest, said. “We certainly do not believe that this is the right course for the University of Vermont. We believe that we need to be putting people first and doing layoffs last.”Over 100 protestors arrived at the President’s Wing to be received by Richard Cate, UVM’s Vice President of Finance and Administration.”How many staff jobs were eliminated today that might have been paid for by this nearly $900,000 in bonuses paid to our vice presidents?” Nancy Welch, English professor, asked Cate.After 30 minutes of shouting, chanting and questioning by the protestors, Cate agreed with the leaders of Students Stand Up to sit down at a later date and review the budget. SSU was satisfied, but some students remained to sit and stay in the President’s Wing for the remainder of the day.In addition to the march, some unidentified students protested the cuts with banners and graffiti on UVM’s Davis Center, expressing their frustration with President Daniel Mark Fogel’s decisions.