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Students protest planned SUNY Fredonia cuts

OBSERVER Photo by M.J. Stafford Students protest cuts at SUNY Fredonia on Thursday.

Hundreds of SUNY Fredonia students protested the proposed cut of 13 campus programs Thursday.

The protest came together quickly, just a day after University President Stephen Kolison announced the cuts. The protest was organized by Alex Fisher, a political science and writing major, and several other students.

Benjamin Evans, a major in writing and animation, called the cuts “a ridiculous way to handle saving SUNY Fredonia. This is a liberal arts school, and slashing the arts budget, getting rid of programs, is not the right way to deal with it. We suffered from our enrollment going down after our funds were cut. We need more funds from the SUNY system so we can recover from this.”

He added, “I’m really happy with how many people are here. People from every department are here, not just the ones being cut.”

OBSERVER Photo by M.J. Stafford Students protest cuts at SUNY Fredonia on Thursday.

Political science major Michael Williams called Kolisons’s announcement “pretty crazy. The fact Kolison left and didn’t stay for questions after he announced his cuts.” He added, “They end up cutting those very same degrees they bragged about for the whole presentation. It makes no sense to anyone if you hype up all these degrees in education and liberal arts and then you cut them 30 minutes later.”

OBSERVER Photo by M.J. Stafford Students protest cuts at SUNY Fredonia on Thursday.

OBSERVER Photo by M.J. Stafford Students protest cuts at SUNY Fredonia on Thursday.

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