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Drury Students Begin to See Change as Budget Wanes

Students at Drury University say they're starting to feel the effects of budget issues at the school.
Students at Drury University say they're starting to feel the effects of budget issues at the school.

"I know there's been a lot of cuts and budget cuts, there have even been cuts as far as scholarships that are able to be handed out," student Halie McCarter said.

A decline in enrollment since the school's record admission in 2010 has led to a big budget shortfall. The school's $53 million operating budget has been cut by $2.3 million.

Students said they've seen the most noticeable change in the school's library.

"One of my friends works at the library and all of the student workers at the library are losing their jobs because of the budget cuts," McCarter said. 

"I really feel like it's about the library because I feel like the library is kind of the core of a school and considering it's not going to be open over the weekends," student Nick Alexander said.

University administrators say further decisions about cuts haven't been made and that budget talks are ongoing.

Drury President, Dr. David Manuel, released a statement Wednesday evening to KOLR 10.

"The process for addressing the budget challenge is inclusive and I have invited input from faculty and staff. We, like many private liberal arts institutions and businesses throughout the country are working through a budget challenge. We will work through this challenge with an eye toward the future, keeping the student experience paramount," Manuel said in the statement.
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