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ON THE FRONT PAGE

Schwartz proposes campus wage freeze

BY EMILY OUZTS

Faculty and staff at Cleveland State University face a wage freeze as school officials brace for next year’s rough economic climate.

Former CSU President Michael Schwartz recommended the move in a letter sent to employees June 29, citing “continuing stress to University finances,” including reductions in state funding and higher utility bills.

The CSU Board of Trustees must approve the wage freeze, as well as four unions representing university employees. Although a vote is set to take place at the next board meeting July 23, most budget deliberations hinge on the completion of the Ohio state budget, which determines the amount of funding CSU will receive in 2010.

The university has issued spending cuts and hiring restrictions in the past year, attempting to balance its own budget. But financial challenges at the state level may pose a threat to CSU’s solvency, as state support makes up nearly half of the university’s operating budget.

Faced with a $3.2 billion budget deficit, the state may be forced to make unprecedented funding cuts in areas such as higher education, said Tom Long, director of budget and financial analysis at CSU.

“Right now, the [state subsidy] amount for public universities has not been reduced,” Long said, “but the state has suffered so much over the past year due to a fall in income tax and sales tax, and we’re watching to see if they’ll be going after areas that haven’t been cut yet, namely higher education.”

Though in terms of finances, Schwartz acknowledged that 2010 “appears to be even more challenging” than 2009, tuition rates are not expected to rise – at least not this year, Long said. The state’s mandated tuition freeze extends through academic year 2010-2011, but public universities could be permitted to raise tuition for fall 2011.

“I think we will get by [this year] without an increase in tuition,” said Long, “but it remains to be seen what will be in the budget for next year.”

If approved, CSU’s wage freeze would extend to all university professors, officials, clerical and operational staff. Both union and non-union employees would be affected. Long said, “but the state has suffered so much over the past year due to a fall in income tax and sales tax, and we’re watching to see if they’ll be going after areas that haven’t been cut yet, namely higher education.”

Though in terms of finances, Schwartz acknowledged that 2010 “appears to be even more challenging” than 2009. Tuition rates are not expected to rise – at least not this year, Long said. The state’s mandated tuition freeze extends through academic year 2010-2011, but public universities could be permitted to raise tuition for fall 2011.

“I think we will get by [this year] without an increase in tuition,” said Long, “but it remains to be seen what will be in the budget for next year.”

If approved, CSU’s wage freeze would extend to all university professors, officials, clerical and operational staff. Both union and non-union employees would be affected.

Attempts to contact union representatives for comment were unsuccessful.

ON THE FRONT PAGE

Fall RTA schedule unlikely to undergo drastic changes
BY EDUARDO OTERO

Financial setbacks threaten future of fraternity housing
BY LAUREN BULLARD
COM 225 REPORTER


NEWS

Ingenuity Fest to offer artsy, innovative entertainment for all
BY JONATHAN D. HERZBERGER

CSU Summer Stages hits the ground running
BY EMILY OUZTS

Corlett Building now scheduled for demolition
BY VINCE FRATIANI

CSU SkyCam back on Rhodes Tower after upgrades
BY VINCE FRATIANI

Corlett parking lot prep creates accessibility issues
BY MICHAEL DOLAN
COM 225 REPORTER

CSU police blotter
BY NICK CAMINO

Picnic on the plaza during summer school
BY NICOLE SZWAGULAK
COM 225 REPORTER

CSU dial-up discontinued
BY MICHAEL DOLAN
COM 225 REPORTER


PERSPECTIVES

Give Berkman a fair chance

Schwartz woke a sleeping giant

Journalist's mission: To present the facts, tell the truth
BY EMILY OUZTS


SPORTS

CSU wins lawsuit
BY NICK CAMINO

NBA teams pass on Cleveland State's Jackson
BY NICK CAMINO

Former hoops star begins NFL career
BY NICK CAMINO