- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Budget cuts at Southern Illinois University totaling $13.5 million will affect student-worker positions, research resources and on-campus events, school officials said.

The cuts are unavoidable because of a state budget stalemate and a funding reduction for the school because of lower enrollment this year, SIU spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith told The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan (https://bit.ly/1PJdIzF ). She said many departments have offered not to fill vacant positions this year.

The cuts start in mid-October.

One of the largest cuts will be to Morris Library, which will see a reduction of nearly $460,000. That will force librarians to consider cancelling some online database subscriptions.

The school’s public radio station, WSIU, is losing $97,000 or 10 percent of its state funding. That will mean more emphasis on fundraising and could mean losing student educational opportunities, state executive director Greg Petrowich said.

“You just want to do good work and not worry about where the revenue comes from,” he said. “But that’s not in the cards.”

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute will absorb about $54,000 in cuts, or about 10 percent of its state funding. That will mean fewer events this year, said director David Yepsen. The institute is losing a part-time bookkeeping position, a graduate assistantship and several part-time student workers.

The cuts prove to be a distraction from the institute’s mission, Yepsen said.

“What is most frustrating is this may not be the end of it,” Yepsen said. “We still don’t know what the state’s going to do. I wish we could cut the tail off the dog once instead of an inch at a time.”

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Information from: Southern Illinoisan, https://www.southernillinoisan.com


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