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Snowy sidewalks slick due to lack of salt or sand

Jaclyn Peiser
Editor-in-Chief

I love snow days. I love waking up to that glorious text message from Goucher College informing me that campus is closed and classes are canceled. I love opening up my alarm clock app and simply swiping from “on” to “off.” I love cozying up in a sweatshirt and sweatpants, drinking tea, and watching Netflix as the snow falls outside my window.
But it’s after these glorious class-free days when the allure of snow slowly plummets and we all remember what terrible inconveniences snow brings to our daily lives.
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Ungar works with White House to increase aid

Jaclyn Peiser
Editor-in-Chief

President Barack Obama briefly discussed his plan to make higher education more accessible to low income

President Obama delivers his 2014 State of the Union address (Photo: Google Images)

President Obama delivers his 2014 State of the Union address (Photo: Google Images)

families in his Jan. 28 State of the Union address. Twelve days prior, the president and first lady hosted a College Opportunity Summit, in which Goucher President Sanford Ungar and over 100 other college and university presidents were celebrated for solidifying their commitment to the cause.
“The White House just organized a College Opportunity Summit where already, 150 universities, businesses, and nonprofits have made concrete commitments to reduce inequality in access to higher education –and help every hardworking kid go to college and succeed when they get to campus,” President Obama said in the State of the Union address.
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Provost Roy visits Goucher Assembly, explains faculty cuts

Jaclyn Peiser
Editor-in-Chief

Provost Marc Roy attended Student Assembly on Sunday, Nov. 24 to present the

Provost Marc Roy talks to students about the budget deficits in the Hyman Forum (Photo: Christopher Riley)

Provost Marc Roy talks to students about the budget deficits in the Hyman Forum (Photo: Christopher Riley)

college’s recent budgetary restraints and subsequent changes with the student to faculty ratio.
About 80 students gathered in the Hyman Forum to hear Roy’s presentation, which began with an overview of the college’s financial shortfalls in tuition net-revenue.
“This year our budget has about six main areas; two-thirds of the budget comes from net undergraduate tuition and fees and housing and dining,” Roy said. “That means tuition after any financial aid you received is factored out… That’s $40 million right there.”
Roy explained that the college’s expenses must equal its revenue. Therefore, when the college budgeted for more students than the number that actually enrolled, they had to re-balance the budget. In addition, Roy explained that within the college’s $59.9 million budget, about two-thirds is designated to salaries and benefits for faculty and staff.
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Trustees approve budget, expect $1 million cut in 2015 academic budget

Jaclyn Peiser
Editor-in-Chief

The Board of Trustees approved a balanced budget on Oct. 18 that was approximately $2.1 million less than the preliminary budget created this past May. The need to restructure the budget came from an unexpected drop in income for the college. Noel-Levitz, the consulting firm the college hired to predict student enrollment for the 2013-2014 academic year, said the college should expect 52 more full time equivalent (FTE) students than they ended up receiving. The loss in net-tuition, combined with less revenue from housing and dining, forced the senior staff to restructure the budget.
The senior staff continually met to find ways to cut spending throughout the summer and up until the first round of approvals by the Budget Committee on Sept. 30. Next, the Executive Committee reviewed and approved the budget on Oct. 8.
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