Posted: Jan 24, 2011 3:12 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Jan 24, 2011 3:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - LSU Provost John Maxwell Hamilton used empty seats to express his concerns about the LSU budget.
Speaking to the Baton Rouge Press Club, Hamilton had 140 chairs arranged behind him. He says the seats each represent a faculty member LSU has lost since budget cuts started two years ago. Hamilton is concerned the problem will only get worse.
Hamilton addressed many issues concerning the campus and the cuts. He says there is a misconception that LSU has not done anything to cope with the financial woes. Hamilton says LSU is constantly working with the governor's staff on solutions. He says some departments are already hurting.
The foreign language department is down to offering two degrees and courses in nine other languages. Hamilton says that's well below what should be offered at a major university.
LSU officials say other things like Legacy Scholarships are also ending. Children of alumni could apply for this form of financial help. A student who is currently receiving the aid will receive it. No new students will be eligible for this scholarship starting next fall.
LSU Chancellor Michael Martin says the lack of a Legacy Scholarship has already cost the baseball team a top recruit from Texas.
Govenor Bobby Jindal's proposed state budget will be released by mid-March.