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Handful of students protest N.C. State budget cuts

Posted April 20, 2009 6:20 p.m. EDT

— A small group of North Carolina State University students on Monday protested proposed budget cuts at the university that would lead to larger class sizes, fewer courses and employee layoffs.

Three students and a former student walked to the administration building ahead of a University Budget Advisory Committee meeting Monday afternoon. The committee plans to lay off as 170 workers and cut about 3,000 places for students.

The University of North Carolina System faces a $175 million budget cut, which means its 16 campuses across the state are having to find ways to trim budgets.

N.C. State is facing a 5 percent cut for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, and the university is looking at how it can cut as much as 7 percent.

The group has a list of requests, including pay cuts, layoffs and furloughs to begin at the administrative level, including Chancellor James Oblinger.

Provost Larry Nielsen said he met with the group. He said the university has done the best it can with a complex budget.