Protesters take fight to President Allen & Board of Regents
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Tempers flared as demonstrators met face to face with the Iowa Board of Regents and UNI officials. Thursday morning protestors rallied outside of Maucker Union on the Campus of UNI. That's where the Board of Regents was holding it's monthly meeting.
Both the board and UNI officials got an ear full from protesters. The demonstration started outside the union with a rally cry, "UNI is under attack. What do we do? Stand up! Fight back!"
Kyle Woollums, a French major, is worried that his education will be shortchanged with UNI doing away with his major in the coming year. The university has said all students with majors being cut would be able to finish with that degree.
"Students here are frustrated and we were promised a certain education when we signed up to go here and they're just destroying it by taking away all of the professors and courses that are important to us," said Woollums.
Bryan McInnis is a German professor at UNI. He came to the protest to get some answers.
"They haven't yet told the people, there are four people in German, any of us in German or French who will be continuing for the coming year and so we don't know... We're in limbo."
The demonstration moved inside Maucker Union where the Board of Regents was holding its meeting. The protestors stood quietly as the meeting continued
"I think that gives us merit to continue to discuss the decline of state funding towards public education," said board President, Craig Lang.
When UNI President Ben Allen was asked about the lawsuit, which could keep Price Lab open, he was told not to answer by a university lawyer.
"It's a legal issue," said Allen.
The answer didn't go over well with those in attendance.
"Why are you laughing? Why are you laughing? This isn't funny," said one demonstrator.
Plenty of questions still remain and those against these changes have vowed to fight on.
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