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The South Texan Texas A&M University-Kingsville Tuesday, March 29, 2011

VOLUME 85, Issue 23

President Tallant addresses looming budget cuts

Student fees to increase 3.9 percent in fall 2011 upon Board of Regents approval Mary Beth Cleavelin The South Texan As the drawstrings on the Texas state budget are tightening substantially, Texas A&M University-Kingsville is debating how to deal with a very likely large decrease in funding. On Tuesday, March 15, President Steven Tallant addressed faculty and staff in a budget meeting on the looming cutbacks. Tallant Cuts of as much as

12 percent or higher from last year’s budget, as well as required furloughs for some faculty and staff have been discussed, Tallant said. “It’s not a comfortable time, and I understand and share in your anxiety. I wish we had more answers, but everything hinges on WKHĂ€QDOQXPEHUVDQGZHGRQ¡WKDYHWKRVH at this time,â€? said Tallant in an email to all university employees. The actual dollar amount TAMUK will have to live without for the next biennium is not known at this time. The Texas Legislature has yet to vote on funding for higher education, but worst case scenarios put the university out $8 million per year. “We are anticipating cuts. It all comes

down to how much,� said Dr. Edwin Rowley, president of the Faculty Senate and associate professor of communications. “We’re doubly in the dark because we don’t know what the shortfalls will be.� The Faculty Senate, President Tallant and Provost Dr. Rex Gandy meet at least once a week to discuss options to cut corners without excessive job losses, he explained. Even in the best case scenario, up to a couple dozen jobs could on the chopping block, AMK administrators admitted. A voluntary separation program for faculty and staff who qualify and have been with the A&M System at least 10 years could help dismiss the need for any job cuts, but the numbers are simply

not in and employees have until May to decide to accept the offer, Tallant said. Just how deep the cuts will be is still undetermined, Dr. Terisa Remelius, vice president for Student Affairs, said. “Given the monumental possible loss of funding, there will be impacts to our students in the classroom and in other support areas; KRZHYHUZHDUHDWWHPSWLQJWRĂ€OODVPDQ\ faculty positions as possible in order to continue to offer courses needed for graduation,â€? Remelius said. She added that some classes might experience a higher student-to-faculty ratio, something that AMK has prided itself on keeping See Budget on page 2

TAMUK celebrates annual Spring Fling, March 30 ‘Cowboy’ theme to include mechanical bull, rodeo clowns, music Erica Learned The South Texan

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Bigger Event participants helped landscape various areas around the city.



ommunity service became a city-wide ordeal on March 26 when the citizens of Kingsville banded together to clean up their land for the annual Bigger Event. Participants rallied up at the Texas A&M UniversityKingsville Mall area outside the Memorial Student Union Building to plan out their clean-up strategies at 8 a.m. Groups were formed and large quantities of people were sent to various locations around the city with the provided transportation. “I had a lot of fun,â€? said Catherine Desiderio, theater PDMRUDQGĂ€UVWWLPH%LJJHU(YHQWSDUWLFLSDQW Attendants played games in order to keep their momentum going. “We got to have bonding experiences,â€? explained Desiderio. “We did, ‘who can pick up the most trash.’â€? Desiderio even explained that treasures were found, saying she stumbled upon an insulated Pizza Hut de-

livery bag at her location, which at the power plant near HM King. “We decided not to (keep it), we didn’t know how long it was there for,â€? joked Desiderio. For Alyssa Trevino, ex-Vice President of the Student Government Association, being part of Bigger Event was not a new experience, but doing the work was. “It was different,â€? said Trevino. “I now see the little things I didn’t see before.â€? According to Trevino, her past two experiences of Bigger Event was all about planning. “Working for it, you plan the big stuff,â€? she said. “You think of the big things, whether it’s contacting the FLW\WRĂ€QGSODFHVWRSLFNXSWUDVKZKHWKHULW¡VFRQWDFWing organizations the week before and reminding them to be here.â€? Trevino continued on to explain how her mindset had to change in order to work the new position. “It’s different because now, being on site, it’s, ‘we need more trashbags, we need more water,’ or, ‘hey, we See Bigger Event on page 3

It’s time to “Cowboy Up!â€? at Texas A&M-Kingsville as the university celebrates its annual Spring Fling on University Boulevard, Wednesday, March 30, starting at 5 p.m. The theme for this year is simply, come “Cowboy.â€? In past years, several themes have been combined for the same festival. “This year we have an actual theme,â€? said Cynthia Pardo, marketing chair for the Campus Activity Board. “We will have a mechanical bull, people dressed up and possibly rodeo clowns.â€? &$%ZLOODOVREHSURYLGLQJLQWHUDFWLYHLQĂ DWDEOHV Campus organizations will have, as usual, a variety of booths in an effort to fund raise for their projects. Lighter Ray will also be playing a free show in the midst of the carnival activities. This local female country group also made an appearance at the latest university music festival as the main performance. The group will play later in the night. Seventy-two organizations signed up to participate in WKLV\HDU¡VFDUQLYDOZKLFKLVVLJQLĂ€FDQWO\KLJKHUWKDQODVW years, Pardo said. Organizations including Gamers elite and the English club will be setting up booths. *DPHUV¡HOLWHZLOOEHUDIĂ LQJRIIDLQFKSODVPDWHOHvision at a dollar a ticket. 7KH(QJOLVKFOXEZLOOEHJLYLQJDZD\Ă€VKHVIRUSUL]HV old school carnival style. In addition, Zero Untitled productions will be performLQJDĂ€UHEUHDWKLQJVKRZRQWKHPLGGOHODZQRI8QLYHUVLW\ Boulevard. Times for this and other performances will be announced at the carnival and fair.

$VLDQ3DFLĂ€F+HULWDJH0RQWKNLFNVRII 0DUFK Events include Moon Festival, face painting, belly dancing

Julie Navejar Marketing and Communications $VLDQ3DFLĂ€F+HULWDJH0RQWKZLOOEHFHOebrated at Texas A&M University-Kingsville with a variety of activities that will attract a wide audience. The biggest event is the Moon Festival Saturday, April 2. Other events include a series of Brown Bag Lectures and two movie nights. The Moon Festival will be held beginning at 6 p.m. at the new pavilion of the Memorial Student Union Building (MSUB). There will be Asian food, a fashion parade of native clothing, performances by belly

dancers, Chinese name writing, face painting, henna tattoos and a fortune teller. There are four Brown Bag Lectures all beginning at noon. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. Drinks will be provided. 7KHĂ€UVWLVDERXWEHOO\GDQFLQJIHDWXULQJ a demonstration by Seir, Tuesday, March 29, LQWKH$OXPQL5RRPRI+RQRULQWKH068% The second will provide a look at Asian gaming styles by Cory Scarborough, a member of the student group Gamers Elite. It is Wednesday, March 30, also in the Alumni 5RRPRI+RQRU The third Brown Bag Lecture will be held Tuesday, April 5, in room 219A of the MSUB.

It will be about Asian Flower Arranging given by Li Fitzgerald. The fourth lecture will talk about the benHĂ€WVRI\RJDZLWKDGHPRQVWUDWLRQSURYLGHG by Sanford Jaques, will be held Wednesday, April 6, in room 219C of the MSUB. Two movie nights will be held Friday, April 1, in ballroom A of the MSUB and Friday, April 8, in the Little Theatre. Both begin at 7 p.m. and refreshments will be provided. The movie for April 1 is Picture %ULGH7KHĂ€OPIRU$SULOLV/LNH6WDUVRQ Earth. Picture Bride is set in 1918 and is about 17\HDUROG5L\RZKRLVVHQWIURP-DSDQWR+Dwaii to be a mail-order bride after exchanging

photographs with a sugar cane worker. :KHQVKHDUULYHVVKHLVVKRFNHGWRĂ€QG out her future husband appeared much younger in his photograph and is at least 25 years her senior. Like Stars on Earth is about eight-year old FKURQLFGD\GUHDPHU,VKDDQ+LVOLIHWDNHVD turn for the worse when his parents, frustrated that he keeps getting into trouble, send KLPDZD\WRERDUGLQJVFKRRO+LVPLVHU\ abates when an unconventional art teacher decides to try and help his imaginative young student discover his true identity. Another special event is a book signing featuring the work of Kim Roberson. It will See $VLDQ3DFLÂżF+HULWDJHon page 2

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