A group of students, faculty, and staff walked out of their buildings and held a loud marching demonstration this morning on the University of Texas campus. They were protesting existing and future budget cuts brought on largely as a result of the state's budget gap, a shortfall that could exceed $20 billion.
One issue they are highlighting in particular is cuts to the College of Liberal Arts, which must reduce its budget by $3.75 million, according to the Daily Texan.
The college may cut 100 percent of their contribution to the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and the Center for East Asian Studies’ budgets, 40 percent from the Center for Mexican American Studies and 30 percent from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, among cuts to several other academic centers.
Protestors held signs that read, "Free tuition, Open Enrollment," and "Stop the cuts to People's Studies."
We sent news intern Nick Robertson to the demonstration to snap some photos. Check it out.