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Apr 5, 2010

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New Paltz UUPers rally against SUNY budget cuts


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UUP New Paltz Chapter members and students hold signs as they rally on campus against the proposed $152 million state budget cut to SUNY. About 200 faculty and students chanted and cheered at the March 24 rally as a dozen speakers condemned the spending reduction.

“You don’t cut education. You don’t cut SUNY. You don’t cut the future,” UUP New Paltz Chapter President Richard Kelder said, inset, “We need dreams fulfilled, not dreams deferred.”

UUP VP for Academics Fred Floss told the crowd lawmakers need to be reminded that investing in SUNY is good for the state’s economy.

“We know the best economic development is students who get a good quality, affordable higher education,” Floss said. “Are we going to let them stop this? Are we going to let them cut over $500 million from the budget and get away with it?”

The crowd shouted “no” in response to each question.

The rally was organized by the UUP New Paltz chapter and the campus student chapter of New York Public Interest Research Group.


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