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All face furloughs at Southern University

4 years ago July 22, 2011 Jul 22, 2011 Friday, July 22 2011 Friday, July 22, 2011 5:18:56 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Stephanie Ryan

BATON ROUGE-- Furloughs are on the way for everyone at Southern University in Baton Rouge, according to new chancellor Dr. James Llorens.

It's part of an effort to fix the $10 million shortfall in the university's budget.  Llorens said over the past two weeks, he's found all but $800,000 to close the gap in the budget.

Professors are not happy about the furloughs, but have offered a solution: as long as Llorens, his staff, and everyone else takes furloughs, they will offer to increase their furloughs to up to ten percent, said Faculty Senate President Dr. Sudhir Trivedi.

"Hardship is somewhat of an understatement," professor and faculty senate member Toni Jackson told News 2.  "To get a cut in your take-home pay-- it actually impacts your ability to pay your bills, take care of your family."

In addition to the furloughs, Llorens told Southern University board members tuition will go up ten percent.  SU has accepted 16 applications for early retirement.  Decision-makers are even looking for ways to cut the $4.4 million energy bill.  But what has students worried is this statement from Llorens.

"We'll take a close look at every degree program we have."

"My first thought is: all of a sudden, there's not gonna be enough classes," mass communications major major Destinie Hammond said.

That's not the case, according to Llorens.  "Concerned students?  They shouldn't have any concerns.  We're going to provide the courses that are there for them."

Llorens did not provide specifics on how he plans to fix the holes in the budget.  He said they are not finalized.  They should be final in two weeks, Llorens said.

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