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Editorial

After CAS budget crisis, students and faculty must still work with respect

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April 4, 2016

As all of you know at this point, UW-River Falls is facing harsh budget cuts that are putting the quality of education at the university at risk. The College of Arts and Sciences at UWRF is especially feeling the pain, facing a $1.5 million cut.

As students, the idea of budget cuts can be an extremely frustrating concept. Here we are, working to get a higher education and working twice as hard to afford it, and having the rug ripped out from under us when it comes to the number of classes we can take and the quality of those courses is absolutely troubling. Working for a higher education is one of the most important things someone can do to improve their lives, and we are now being told that what we are working so hard for is not a priority in the state of Wisconsin. But as painful as that may be and as frustrating as this situation is for us students, it’s important to remember that our educators are facing the worst of it. With budget cuts comes reductions to faculty, whether by layoffs due to the cuts or members of faculty leaving due to the unstable state they now find UWRF to be in.

It’s easy to become frustrated with our professors and advisors as they tell us that less classes are being offered next fall, but can you imagine what they are going through? To possibly not know if they will be returning or to know that their department is half of what it used to be? It has never been more important to support our faculty here at UWRF than right now. In this time of uncertainty, let your professors and instructors know that you still value them and value the education that they are providing. In the end, we’re all working toward the same goal: making the world brighter through education.