The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 92, No. 30, Ed. 1, Friday, January 23, 2004 Page: 1 of 10
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Vol. 92 No. 30
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Officials detail $5.5 million I Efforts to close budget gap I Athletics tutoring programs
in proposed budget moves most widespread since 1992 could face steepest cuts
The challenge we face'
Sixty final recommendations are
culmination of 13 teams' work
Paul A. Anthony
Uil.ir In ChicJ
The university announced Tuesday a
wide-ranging restructuring plan designed
to save more than $5 million next year. It
includes the deepest cuts to faculty and
staff in more than 10 years.
The plan was first implemented with
early retirement options for faculty and
staff announced In
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cludes 58 other
items that range
from eliminating the
ized tutoring pro-
grams to cutting ath-
and cutting back in
areas dealing with
dents. "I want to be care-
ful not to convey the
wrong message" Pre-
sident Roycc Money
told faculty and staff
in announcing the
proposed moves. "I
personally do not
believe or expect
there will be many
shifts in the plan I
have gone through
The final deci-
sions depend on the
results next week of
the early retirement offer and Board of
Trustee approval in February.
The announcement culminates five
months of work by the 13 strategic teams
Money organized in August to study every
facet of the university for cost savings and
revenue enhancement. The list presented
Tuesday includes recommendations from
every team as selected by the President's
According to the plan the largest
A look at whit is
on the list present-
ed Tuesday Pago 8
The UgM a musi-
cal group that trav-
els throughout the
country will likely
bo cut Page 8.
with career servic-
es will likely be
combined Page S.
likely cut its schol-
arship! 10 percent
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Some revenue mostly cuts
in budget recommendations
The 60 strategic team recommendations
selected by the President's Cabinet for possible
implementation in next year's budget can be
summarized like this:
The list breaks down into about $1.5 million
is in revenue enhancements and about $4 mil-
lion in cuts a total of $5 5 million in savings.
Of the enhancements about $1.3 million
comes from projecting higher enrollment and a
better stock market while $166946 would come
from various student fee increases. Only one of
those increases the Registrar's Office transcript
fee would affect the entire student body.
The university plans to cut as much as $ 1 .2
million through department and program
restructuring including from Academic
Advance LEC ESL and Bachelor of Applied
More than $350000 would be saved through
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cuts to athletic scholarships and the continuing
vacancy of the athletic director position.
Another $350000 would be cut in the elimi-
nation of ACAD and LLC as well as restructur-
ing to Distance Eduiation Bachelor of Applied
Studies and the Office of Professional Continu-
Cuts to the offices of Marketing and Public
Relations and Recruiting would save more than
$200000. This Includes eliminating The I ight
musical group cutting one position reducing
operating expenses the university's advertising
budget and other smaller moves
Dc-cmphasizing I SI. would be part of a
broader shake-up in the Center lor In-
ternational and Intcrcultural Education that
could include reducing Study Abroad living
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Top: Dr. Ed Mathews professor of missions lis-
tens Tuesday as President Royce Money an-
nounces the university's plan to cut its projected
$5 million budget shortfall.
Above: Money answers a question from Associate
Athletic Director Jared Mosley (right) at an open
forum for faculty and staff Wednesday.
costs and scaling back international student
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LEC ESL directors ponder
early retirement uncertainty
Paul A. Anthony
Tor Carol n Thompson the prospect of
early retirement is bittersweet.
Despite the university s offer of a years
salary and tree health
insurance for any who arc
eligible and wish to accept
it the woman who has
spent more than 10 years
helping ACU's internation-
al students achieve their
dreams faces a nightmar-
Thompson ' cr I00 probably will be
cm uuiniuisiruiurs nave
told her so she should consider the retire-
"I don't think I have any choice" said
Thompson director of the Institute for In-
tensive English which runs the universi-
ty's English as a Second Language program
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effect of cuts
University job market gets
tougher as budgets get smaller
Budget cuts across campus have caused
some students workers to either lose their
jobs or take reduced hours.
All workers in the Learning Enhance-
ment Center could lose their jobs at the
end of the semester If the LLC is cut.
"It's not good news" said Joel Ruch
graduate student in missions from Van-
couver "but I don't have the information
on the financial state of the university to
be able to make a good judgment call."
Student workers were notified about
the strong possibility of a cut when they
met Jan. 12 the first day back to school
said Onita 1 1 ill. director of the LEC.
Jennifer Machin graduate student in
communication said she "was a little
shocked" by the decision.
Ruch who works 20 hours a week at the
IIC is also a graduate assistant but
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SA approves budget
presentation of clean
In an effort to reduce com-
plications with its budget the
Students' Association ap-
proved a new "governing doc-
ument" Wednesday that will
place additional responsibili-
ties on executive officers
when creating and distribut-
ing the budget.
The governing document
created by the budget com-
mittee and Introduced by Rep.
Tracy Binion Chambers Hall
states: 1) no exceptions will be
made for late budget entries;
2) student groups must be
notified three weeks before
their budgets are due; 3) the
executive treasurer must pro-
vide Congress with a clean
copy of the original budget
submitted upon its presenta-
tion; 4) the semester's budget
must be presented to
Congress at each semester's
retreat or a special congrcs-
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ArtsFridsy Page 7.
An on-campus drive was
conducted to alleviate a
blood shortage Page 4.
Voter registration efforts
have begun in earnest on
campus Page 5.
City council tables ban
on public indoor smoking
After almost three hours of
public discussion the City
Council unanimously voted
Thursday to table Indefinitely
a proposed smoking ban for
further analysis and discus-
sion. The proposition would
have banned smoking in
most indoor public places
and would have been among
the strictest in Texas. Busi-
ness owners doctors chil-
dren smokers and nonsmok-
ers alike turned out to voice
Before Abilene Major Gra-
dy Barr opened public dis-
cussion he asked the approx-
imately 250 people in atten-
dance whether they support-
ed the ban. More than half
"If we've got the right to
own our own business we
have the right to decide
whether we want smoking"
said I lomer Winkles bar ow-
ner and one of the first speak-
ers in the discussion.
Many attending the meet-
ing did support the ordi
nance. Brlanna Goodlow stu-
dent at McMurry University
said she supported the ban
having had to work in a res-
taurant that allowed smoking
in order to pay for school.
After a short executive ses-
sion before voting. Council
members made personal
statements about the pro-
posed ordinance. While most
said they were not opposed to
some sort of ban they were
all in favor of tabling it.
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The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 92, No. 30, Ed. 1, Friday, January 23, 2004, newspaper, January 23, 2004; Abilene, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101857/m1/1/: accessed July 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.