Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Budget hearing exposes stark reality - Josh Saxton, Daily Eastern

State Sen. Scott Bennett asked Eastern President David Glassman how much longer the university could continue operating given the current state budget impasse during the State Senate Higher Education Committee’s budget hearing Monday morning. “I don’t know a date or month,” Glassman said. “But I can say that we would be somewhere in the spring semester.” Glassman said he feels it is almost “unthinkable” the state would allow for the budget issues to carry over into the spring. “(Students) would be scared, just as I am scared,” Glassman said. “If we have no budget and no assurance from the state that we’re going to get a budget, it puts us in one of the most precarious positions that Eastern Illinois or any university in any state has been in.”

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