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mid an array of proposed solutions, daunting numbers and general confusion, University and state officials have stepped forward to set the facts straight about the pending budget cuts. University President R. Bowen Loftin, Student Body President Jacob Robinson and Fred Brown of the Texas House of Representatives share what exactly is happening, what is subject to change and what students can expect to see in the future. College deans and students also voice their opinions on the financial situation. Sarah Ammerman, Rebecca Bennett and Vicky Flores | The Battalion

More information ◗ Look inside for an in-depth breakdown of what is getting cut from each college and the University’s expenditure history.

◗ The editorial board voices an opinion on the decisions.

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I think they are necessary, but as a student worker I feel like they should probably cut back in other areas. Kimberly Hill, senior political science major

What do you think about the budget cuts? As Aggies, we will work together to make the most of it for the good of the University. Erin Eisenrich, senior management major

I think it is necessary. Honestly, as a student, I think tuition is already high enough and I do not want it raised anymore. Joseph Losoya, junior environmental geosciences and mathematics major Tyler Hosea — THE BATTALION

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The Center for Retailing Studies of Texas A&M’s Mays Business School is preparing for its annual Retailing Summit. The summit will be Oct. 7 and 8 at the Westin Galleria hotel in Dallas, and is expected to draw retailing executives from around the country. “The Retailing Summit offers executives from all retailing sectors the chance to discover new practices from an impressive lineup of industry speakers,” said Cheryl Holland Bridges, director of the Center for Retailing Studies. Attendees enjoy interacting directly with top-level executives and the unique learning environment that we provide as an academic host.” Top-level executives presenting at the summit include Ken Hicks, chairman and CEO of Foot Locker Inc. and James Damian, chairman of Buffalo Wild Wings. Presenters will cover topics relating to the theme of this year’s summit, “The Evolving Customer: Emerging Issues and Future Outlooks,” including effective branding and merchandising and youth marketing. The summit aims to provide for attendees to network with each other through receptions and breakout sessions, during which time they can make new contacts within the industry, Bridges said. Alec Goetz, staff writer

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A longtime champion of Texas A&M’s biomedical engineering program, William Hyman, is being honored with a new scholarship created in his name by former students and colleagues. “It’s humbling to be recognized both as an effective teacher and a positive influence on people’s lives,” Hyman said. Hyman came to Texas A&M in 1972 as an assistant professor, helping create the University’s biomedical engineering program that same year. Under his guidance, the program was certified by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology five years later. Hyman also served as the chairman of biomedical engineering program from 19781989, then again from 19962002. When the program became a department, he served as interim department head until 2005. “Dr. Hyman has taught every student in the program since its inception in the 1970s,” said Gerard Coté, head of the department of biomedical engineering. “His reputation in the undergraduate classroom is not only reflected in the consistently high teaching evaluations and teaching awards he has received, but also in the current and former student comments about the quality of the material taught, his engaging lectures and availability outside the classroom.” Hyman said he plans to retire from the school in 2011, after nearly 40 years of service. Alec Goetz, staff writer

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Budget cuts loom

Making the best of a bad situation

Worst case: 10 percent reduction Sarah Ammerman, Rebecca Bennett and Vicky Flores The Battalion The economic downturn is affecting universities across the nation, and Texas A&M is also being forced to plan for the worst. With University President R. Bowen Loftin’s statement July 20, 2010 that the University is preparing for a $60 million budget reallocation affecting approximately 485 jobs, the overall feeling around campus is an uneasy one. University’s plan For the biennial budget of 20122013, the Texas Legislature has asked institutions of higher learning to prepare a preliminary plan of the budget if a 10 percent budget cut passes in the legislature. “The state has asked for 5 percent increments to come up with what we need to do. We have a 5 percent plan, and we have a 10 percent plan,” said Konrad Johnson, student body vice president and senior finance major. Texas A&M has asked each department and auxiliary to submit preliminary plans of how each department would cut 10 percent of spending. The 10 percent budget cut is not a choice coming from the University but from the legislature and will affect all public institutions of higher learning.

“All types of businesses, people and industries have to change or modify the way their daily business is run due to the state of the economy,” said state Rep. Fred Brown. “It is not an easy task but one that is necessary to continue.” State money is allocated toward specific areas of the University. “Eighty-nine percent goes to paying people directly on our faculty and our staff, 6 percent funds scholarships and 5 percent funds operations, mostly utilities,” Loftin said. Loftin said that because so much of state funding goes to faculty, the University could not avoid such a large cut in that area. Faculty and staff cuts that have been planned include 275 vacant positions and 210 filled positions. “The basis of [the] cuts will mostly be unfilled positions, and hopefully the University will be able to get by without having people lose their jobs,” Brown said. Colleges across the campus are preparing plans to handle the cuts, and most hits will be taken in the nontenured faculty and graduate teaching assistant areas, said Joseph Newton, dean of the College of Science. “What we have been doing is getting each college and each division, going through and planning what they would do to cut their budget by 10 percent,” said Jacob Robinson ,student body president and senior leadership studies major. If a 10 percent budget cut is

passed, $39 million will be asked back from the state, and $21 million will be gathered by the University to reallocate to departments that will be cut the most, totaling $60 million in planned budget cuts. “Here is the problem. If you look at your university, you have your services and you have your academics. Now academics comprise, say 80 percent of what a university is, and state money goes primarily to academics. So if you pull $39 million out of academics, then you have a sudden drop in academics,” Johnson said. “Your other services that run on their own still have their $21 million. We are trying to figure out a way to balance the scales so that we can remain strong as a whole.” Administration and student government officials said these plans are only preliminary and will not take effect until fiscal year 2012. “Right now all this is saying is this is what Texas A&M would do if we were asked to cut the budget by X amount. So that’s all this is,” Robinson said. Although some departments have already been told which staff members will be let go. The department of continuing education will have to cut five staff members, two of which are retiring, by Aug. 31, 2010. “I think we owe people the ability to tell them as soon as we know,” Loftin said. “We should be able to


s the budget cuts for the fiscal tion while planning for the future. These cuts are inevitable, and the year of 2012 become a real$39 million in state funds the uniity, Texas A&M is appropriately preparing for the worst. Although versity could lose has to come from the Texas Legislature told univer- somewhere. The plan in place to address sities to prepare for budget cuts in this situation has come from both five percent increments, statefaculty and student input, and is ments from administration and the best way to keep stulegislature indicated the state will dents from feeling cut funding by 10 percent. the effects of the The cuts may have a With a state cuts as much as larger effect on faculty, mandated 10% possible. Cutbecause 89 percent budget cut, Texas ting faculty of state funds supA&M is doing its positions and port their salaries. best to prevent different Although cutting these costs from departments faculty while keeping being passed down on campus a large freshmen class to students will keep the may not seem like the University from best option, it is the lesser of passing these costs onto two evils to allow students from students through tuition increases. the state of Texas to attain the Loftin has chosen the best option best education possible with given in this balancing act by keeping Educational and General funds. education and students in the foreUniversity President R. Bowen front instead of cutting admissions, Loftin and his administration are raising tuition, and treating the making the best of a terrible situa- University as simply a business.

EDITORIALBOARD The Battalion’s editorial opinion is determined by its Board of Opinion, with the editor in chief having final responsibility. Editor in Chief Vicky Flores

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Opinion Editor Ian McPhail

Managing Editor Megan Ryan

FY2012 reduction proposals from the colleges Each college and division at Texas A&M University submitted possible ways to reduce budgets by Sept. 1, 2011, in the worst-case scenario. To view the report, go to FY2012-Reduction-University-%20Template.pdf. Below is what the colleges reported for eliminations, reallocation or savings: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences $3.125 million Vacant faculty positions Vacant staff positions Eliminate filled faculty positions







Courses and other essential functions from these eliminated positions will be: 1) shifted to remaining faculty or 2) will be taught by contract faculty on nonappropriated funds at a lower rate or 3) restructured to be more cost-effective. Eliminate filled staff positions



Vacant staff positions



Eliminate filled faculty positions



Elimination of these part-time positions means the elimination of 31 sections, resulting in larger-enrollment courses. In addition, summer courses taught by these faculty means a 50% reduction in the courses available to students in this department. These eliminations are from one department. Eliminate filled staff positions



Operating expenses


Operating expenses


Reduction in scholarships and fellowships will impact recruitment and retention of highly sought-after graduate students.

Other savings


Travel expenses

College of Architecture $1.375 million Vacant faculty positions



Vacant staff positions



Eliminate filled staff positions



Operating expenses



This reduction will create less opportunity for faculty and graduate students to present at national conferences reducing visibility for the college. Will also have an impact on our ability to recruit top graduate students. Other savings


Reduction of funding for equipment renewal will impact reliability of equipment and potential decrease in productivity. Summer courses will not be taught unless they are part of a faculty member’s regular load. Students will not have as many options during the summer. Graduate assistantships will be eliminated.

The college will be reducing student workers hired in the dean’s office, student services (advising office) and the business office. The college will be eliminating graduate assistant support to journals and centers. The departments and the college will be reducing operating and supplies budgets.

Vacant faculty positions

Travel expenses

Vacant staff positions


Other savings


VIZA, ARCH, & LAUP will reduce the payments paid to associate department heads and program coordinators. VIZA and LAUP will change summer teaching funding to a set amount regardless of a faculty member’s pay. LAUP will have faculty members fund 3.5% of their nine-month salary on research grants. Faculty members in each department will have increased workloads and teach larger sections. Mays Business School $3.425 million Vacant faculty positions

Eliminate filled staff positions






The contracts for 22.75 full and part-time nontenure track faculty positions will not be renewed on Sept. 1, 2011. This combined with the elimination of a vacant faculty position and the reduction of appointments of other faculty will result in a total loss of 26.5 faculty. The corresponding impact would be the loss of approximately 200 course sections. Eliminate filled staff positions



Due to the fact that Mays Business School is already leanly staffed, this loss will have significant impact on the quality of services provided to students and faculty. Operating expenses


Operating budgets will experience further reductions in student wages. Combined with the previous 5% cut, the reduction will significantly impact the ability to support faculty research, scholarship and teaching needs. Travel expenses


We will no longer be able to support student travel to case competitions and other professional development opportunities. Other savings


This significant reduction in graduate assistantships will severely impair the ability to recruit high quality master’s and doctorate students. This budget reduction leaves Mays with no choice but to significantly reduce the summer teaching program. This program is critical to ensuring that students graduate on schedule.

Operating expenses

1 maintenance

Travel expenses Other savings


College of Geosciences $1.325 million 3


Vacant staff positions



Eliminate filled faculty positions



This reduction in faculty support will increase teaching workloads of current faculty that are already stretched thin due to additional teaching load, conducting research, and participating in service activities. Eliminate filled staff positions



In order for the college to meet its budget reduction target, it will no longer provide salary support to one of its research centers. In addition, the college will be forced to eliminate staff positions. The Texas Sea Grant, special line item in the budget, anticipates two staff members will retire to meet its portion of the budget reduction. The impact of eliminating staff positions throughout the college will increase the workload of the remaining faculty and staff resulting in low morale throughout the college due to the increase in workload. Operating expenses



Other savings



The series of past unrestored cuts and the large increase in faculty and students have made it so departments are reduced to severe cuts. Just a few examples include physics eliminating copiers, some departments eliminating many student workers, and some departments eliminating colloquia series. Travel expenses


Other savings


As in cuts of faculty, this very large (approximately 20%) but unavoidable cut in teaching assistants will have a severe impact on teaching and research missions, and in terms of rankings and retention of the best faculty the work of decades in building strong graduate programs will be severely damaged. This is also completely counter to the strategic plan, which has building the graduate program as its top priority. Unfortunately, the college has no other place to cut any further. The loss of teaching assistants will be detrimental to the undergraduates we teach. Under these cuts there will be no funds to run the normal summer teaching program.

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences $3.8 million

College of Liberal Arts $4.7 million Vacant faculty positions









Operating expenses Other savings


$102,500 $2,165,244

All faculty affected by the retrieval of summer salary will be contacted individually and given the opportunity of a meeting with the dean and department head. The college is confident that a good portion of the graduate assistantship funding can be replaced from temporary sources. Elimination of base funding for summer teaching takes place in the context of a strategic review of teaching outside the normal semester. College of Science $4.96 million Vacant faculty positions Vacant staff positions Eliminate filled faculty positions









The downsizing of various programs and activities within the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and elimination/suspension of a select few will lead to increased duties in virtually all areas of the college, as workloads are shared. Vacant staff positions Eliminate filled faculty positions Eliminate filled staff positions







Operating expenses


Part of the operations and maintenance reduction affects the size of the horse and cattle teaching herds maintained by the college for hands-on instruction of veterinary students. Having fewer animals available will have a significant impact on the quantity of hands-on teaching experiences, which have been a highlight of the TAMU DVM program. Travel expenses


Other savings

$804,488 Libraries $3.1 million


The college will reduce lecturer support which covers teaching loads for those who are on Faculty Development Leave.



Operating expenses

Vacant faculty positions

Vacant faculty positions


Vacated positions will mean larger enrollment and fewer sections available for students.

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Departmental support for graduate teaching assistants will be reduced by an estimated 64 positions.

Eliminate filled staff positions

College of Education and Human Development $2.1 million

4 or 5

Some of the infrastructure services would need to be reduced or eliminated. Administrative support to the front office and advising offices may need to be restricted to student workers only. The college might have to eliminate the stockroom and glassware preparation services or reduce the plant and animal care services to student workers only.


Eliminate filled faculty positions



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These cuts will limit our ability to increase the number and size of certificate programs, thereby limiting appeal to practicing professionals in public service, limit rate of investment in research institutes with likely negative impacts on external funding, limit our ability to build an effective infrastructure for school growth, limit the ability to reach out more vigorously to serve Texas and its urban areas, and limit our ability to engage and serve a growing alumni base.

Vacant faculty positions


Vacant staff positions

Bush School of Government and Public Service $600,000 Vacant staff positions


Student worker wages, supplies and materials expenses will be reduced, eliminated or moved to other sources of funds. Communication expenses and operations and maintenance expenses will be paid from alternative sources.

This action will result in the reduction of eight undergraduate course sections. Eliminate filled faculty positions


Other savings


Vacant staff positions


Operating expenses

Eliminate filled staff positions

Less faculty and student travel to conferences and workshops will hurt dissemination of research and thus hurt the research mission.

College of Engineering $5.5 million

Eliminate filled faculty positions

The nonrenewal of approximately one-third of the college’s budgeted lecturers and senior lecturers will have a serious impact on teaching and research programs. Nonrenewing them will either increase by approximately one-fourth the classroom teaching load of many faculty or will require teaching classes in much larger sizes assuming large enough classrooms are available. Together with the reduction in graduate teaching assistants by a similar amount, the ability to provide individual attention to students will be reduced.

Vacant faculty positions



Vacant staff positions



Eliminate filled faculty positions



Eliminate filled staff positions


Operating expenses

$517,094 $2,187,000

Student wages will be reduced by approximately 16% as a result of consolidation of service points and the concomitant reduction in need for student support. Supplies will be reduced. Approval plans and other book purchases will be scaled back as will subscriptions and commercial binding expenditures. Travel expenses


Support for travel to professional meetings will be scaled back by approximately 35%. Other savings


The number of self-service photocopiers located in library facilities across campus will be reduced.

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Funding A&M


Fund groups included in the Texas A&M University annual operating budget:

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begin to identify specific staff positions we are going to be able to reduce to meet budget requirements, there is no gain to be had to wait a whole year to be told about that.”

Education & General ◗ Appropriated sources of revenue

Cuts will affect students If the budget cuts are passed, students will notice a decrease in the faculty-to-student ratio. “[Students will notice changes] in a couple of areas; the most important area is instructional. We will do everything we can to maintain the highestquality instructional environment for the students,” Loftin said. “But because we are going to have to lose some people, that means a little larger class size and that always has an impact on the students.” Other differences students will notice are changes in access to student services and tangible items. Many student worker positions will be eliminated, and hours for the Student Recreation Center and Open Access Labs will be reduced. “We have fewer staff people to help with advising, fewer staff people to help with student affairs. Some of the tangible things like toilet paper in residence halls may be a problem here. You will have to chip in to make a difference on yourselves if you live on campus,” Loftin said. However, deans said they will try to maintain student options for courses in their colleges. “Our first goal is not to lower how many students, how many seats will be available in the courses. But because the number of the faculty will go down, the size of the classes will go up,” said Newton. Although the University will be cutting faculty, Loftin said he plans to maintain student enrollment. “We don’t have a lot of capacity to increase our enrollment a lot. I don’t want to decrease it though, so I don’t anticipate having any fewer students coming to the campus,” Loftin said. Some areas will be affected more than others, but the goal is to minimize the impact on the students and maintain high quality of education. “I do not anticipate that the budget reduction plan in the College of Liberal Arts will lead to an elimination of core curriculum courses, although there may

◗ General revenue ◗ State minimum tuition and lab fees ◗ Available university fund distribution Designated funds ◗ Accounts designated for a specific purpose by the Board of Regents ◗ Serve an educational purpose such as field trips, computer access fees, seminar fees or service departments ◗ Purpose is not restricted by an outside source Auxiliary enterprise accounts SOURCE: Based on Annual Operating Budgets

be an increase in the size of some classes and a decrease in the number of sections offered. The same holds for courses required for majors in the college,” said José Luis Bermúdez, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Accompanying changes to the University’s budget is an increase in tuition for the upcoming fiscal year. Although it is the lowest of any state’s flagship university, Texas A&M will see a 2.8 percent increase in overall tuition and a 2.2 percent increase in mandatory fees. “Right now the Board of Regents has set tuition with a 2.8 increase, with a promise of a zero percent increase the following year,” Robinson said. Administrators said they are working around the clock to create plans that will soften the blows that are taking place throughout the University. Still, students are expressing concerns. “I think the quality of the work will suffer because of the quantity of students. It’s the same with public schools in the elementary schools. The bigger the class size, the harder it is to get the lesson out there,” said Reed Williams, sophomore political science major.

Due to the elimination of several teaching assistant and graduate assistant positions, students will not receive the same individual attention in the classroom that they have grown to expect. “I think it will definitely affect the lower-level classes, more of the freshman courses because you rely on your TAs more than in your upper-levels. You rely on your TA more than your professor, actually,” said Eric Kuusisto, senior civil engineering major. However, Brown and other members working with the University said they are optimistic that they will not have to make the 10 percent cuts and that by the time session starts in January, financial conditions will be better than it is now. Vision 2020 To continue on the path of achieving the goals Vision 2020 has outlined, the University created a focused mission for 2011-2015. The preliminary mission statement of 2011-2015 reads, “Texas A&M University contributes to society by being both a selective, top-tier research university and renowned service-oriented university

serving the public good of the State and the Nation.” Although the economy is suffering, administration officials said they were striving to stay on track to attain the goals expressed by Vision 2020. “We will continue to have Vision 2020’s goals in front of us. I am planning on having a large group of faculty students and staff work with me over the next nine months to examine some of the approaches,” Loftin said. The Executive Budget Summary for the fiscal year 2012, beginning in September, outlined the budget for the University and listed goals to help the stay on track for the future. Loftin created new guiding principles to help Texas A&M move forward toward Vision 2020. Finally, Loftin said decisions must consider the restricted revenue streams that are characteristic of a comprehensive, landgrant flagship University. “I am hoping we will not lose our momentum at all. I think we will have the opportunity to redeploy some of the money that we are going to save across the University into very focused areas,” he said.

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FY2012 reduction proposals for administration Each college and division at Texas A&M University submitted possible ways to reduce budgets by Sept. 1, 2011, in the worst-case senario. To view the report, go to Below is what the divisions reported for eliminations, reallocation or savings: Provost and executive vice president for academics $1.7 million Vacant staff positions



Elimination of vacant positions will necessitate a shift in workload and responsibilities within the offices managed by the Provost. Eliminate filled faculty positions Eliminate filled staff positions




Consolidating business/accounting and IT functions in various units. $321,603

Decreasing funds for supplementing faculty salaries for summer academic programs abroad. Reductions in membership fees, telecommunications, printing, food, and summer programming expenses. Travel expenses


Other savings


Elimination of student worker positions for GPR calculations performed for some colleges and departments. Other savings


Operating expenses

Contracted services


Vice president and associate provost for information technology $3.16 million Vacant staff positions



Educational Broadcast Services will reduce E&G funds by eliminating one or two full-time employees equal to $54,039. Additional cuts might come by eliminating four student workers. Instructional Technology Services plans on reducing its budget by two full-time employees in instructional designer positions ($115,654) that were part of the Computer Access/Instructional Technology fee increases approved in the last couple of years. The goal for these instructional designer positions is to assist faculty in the design and development of technology-enhanced courses. While the current ITS staff provides training and answers questions related to instructional design, they do not have significant time to spend on the design and development of a particular course. Operating expenses




Division IT - Reduction of student worker hours.

Eliminate filled staff positions



Memorial Student Center: Reduce student worker hours and possibly a graduate assistant position. 1.5 full-time employee positions will be eliminated. Aggie Nights will reduce the cost/amount of food provided at events.

Operating expenses


Travel expenses


Other savings


RGS plans to reduce total funding for the current tuition plan and enhance merit plans to recruit top graduate students. President $880,889 Eliminate filled staff positions

Operating expenses




$478,619 $1,920,031

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Residence Life: Reduce student wages in Corps Housing. Toilet tissue will not be provided in residence hall bathrooms except during move-in for fall and spring, community bathrooms, offices, public restrooms, and conferences. Reduce or eliminate furniture replacement in residence hall rooms. Rudder Theater: Suspend replacement of office and building furniture, reduce food purchases for staff working events and alter their eating schedule accordingly. Student Activities: Reduce student worker wages. Student Counseling: One full time position will be decreased to half time. Student Life: Student worker and graduate assistant wages can be reduced. Reduction in general supplies purchased for office and programming needs. Delay or eliminate furniture replacement for various areas. Student Life Studies: Reduce the number of student worker hours.


University Arts: Elimination of one exhibition per year.

Other savings


University Center: Reduce allocation for new computers and related equipment. Vice President’s Office: Reduction in benefits costs.

Administration $3.02 million

Women’s Resource Center: Reduction in promotional items distributed at recruitment events and new student conferences.

Vacant staff positions



Eliminate filled staff positions



Travel expenses


Eliminate or reduce professional development travel expenses for all areas.


Travel expenses


Contracted expenses

Contract services


Memorial Student Center: Town Hall will consolidate programming in an effort to reduce contract entertainment fees.

Reduce hazardous/radioactive waste disposal $391,013


Residence Life: Delay or eliminate installation of wireless services in the halls. Rudder Theater: Increased workload for management staff.

Graduate student and student worker positions will not be filled.

Deferred capital projects

Finance $1.64 million


Vacant staff positions



Recreational Sports: Postpone renewal and modifications projects. University Center - Defer the purchase of a mechanical lift for the new MSC.

Eliminate filled staff positions



Other savings

Travel expenses


Contract expenses


Reduction in AggieBuy IT support and CIS support.

$1.133 million represents 0.61% of the scholarship and grant monies available annually to students from all sources. We will reduce or discontinue some early outreach efforts and reduce ancillary costs associated with elimination of positions. The majority of student worker positions will be eliminated. Travel expenses


Recreational Sports: Eliminating funding to the TAMU Golf Course and reducing the operating hours of the Student Recreation Center.

Contract expenses

Other savings

Operating expenses


Reduction of Visitor Center student workers by using volunteer tour guides, reduction of graduate assistant position, reduction of on-campus bus tours for the Visitor Center, Visitor Center uniforms to be provided by a licensed vendor as part of a sponsorship agreement.

The OAL student lab workstation replacement rate will be increased from three to four years. There will likely be performance complaints in the fourth year of operation, and fewer “trickle down” machines will be available for departments. Some of the Open Access Labs will be closed on Sunday. The West Campus Library (WCL) and Student Computing Center (SCC) will continue with the current schedule of opening at 1 p.m. and remaining open 24 hours a day through midnight Friday. The other OAL facilities will remain closed until Monday morning, and then resume the current schedule. Students who frequent other OAL’s will have to go to one of the two open facilities, and the WCL and SCC will be more crowded. The Teague Printing Center Hours will be reduced by 15 hours per week.

Vacant filled staff positions


A position is being transferred to the president’s office budget effective Sept. 1 to handle correspondence, speech writing, communications outreach and project management directly for the president. Additionally we will work to eliminate a position effective Sept. 1, 2011.

Operating expenses

Vacant staff positions

Children’s Center: Reduce number of teaching assistants. Reduce supplies and general maintenance which will impact quality of care provided and quality of facility.

Vacant staff positions

Reduced allocation to Adaptive Technology Services (Student Affairs) to support technology for students with disabilities. The number of faculty workstations will be cut by approximately 41 a year at the maximum of $1,500 a computer in central funds. Reduced classroom technology capital hardware budget ($117,873) which will result in 12 fewer classrooms with permanent equipment.

Academic Services $2.99 million


Disability Services - reduce general office expenses, books for the DS professional library, programming, parking and student worker wages.

Division of Research and Graduate Studies $4.66 million


Allocation of funds to Galveston for interdisciplinary efforts. Salary savings from hiring below budget and reduce salary for three positions.

Operating expenses


Multicultural Services: A full time staff member will be replaced with a graduate assistant. Residence Life: Eliminate the Monterrey Tech exchange program.

Student Affairs $2.18 million Vacant staff positions


Division IT: Reduce the number of senior managers.


Memorial Student Center: A full time position will be reduced to half time which may impact student committee programming. MSC Accounting will reduce its staff size by one full-time position.

Student Activities: Organizations such as Fish Camp and Maroon Out will cover more of their own operational costs. Women’s Resource Center: Reduce funding support for programming for two student organizations.

Student Activities: Eliminate the vacant assistant music coordinator in choral activities. Student Health Services: Elimination of a staff physician and registered nurse. University Center: Vacant SDS position will not be filled.

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The Aggie Polo Club teams have won three titles, the most recent at the Intercollegiate National Championship Tournament in April at the University of Virginia. tion major. “It’s great to know though because I love horses.” A collegiate polo match consists of four chukkers, which are 7.5-minute periods. Players ride their horses and swing 4-foot mallets, attempting to knock the ball through the posts. The game is played on an area approximately the size of a football field, and three players play for each team. “Eighty percent of the game is riding your horse,” said Massey, a junior biomedical sciences major. “To offset any advantage a team with superior horses would have, the animals are switched after every chukker. So for example, when A&M plays Texas Tech in a match, all six players on the field will use A&M’s horses, then all six will use Tech’s horses, and the process is repeated until the game is finished.” Texas A&M has the best horses in the game, Massey said, and there is evidence to back up her claim. At the national championships, awards for best team horses and best playing pony are given after tallying up

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