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151 jobs could be eliminated

The state’s Legislature carries the ball from this point through the end of its annual session up to the approval of the new state budget and has the power to alter the plans. The state’s new budget year begins July 1.
Included in the plans to balance local university budgets are $1.4 million in cuts to GSU’s athletic programs, $1.34 million in trimming to research and development efforts at Tech and reductions in student services at both schools.
Academic support services, scholarships, public service, and other budget areas are on the table, as well.

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Techsters eager for next season

The Player of the Year in the conference, in fact, wouldn’t mind if the 2009-10 campaign tipped off next week.
“I wish we were playing already,” she said. “I’m excited about what we have coming back and the energy and intensity that we are going to bring to the next year.”

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Changes that cannot be undone

She stopped just short of pleading with the House committee to help derail the budget cut train. It’s pretty simple to see why.
Everything is on the table. As Clausen told members of the House, nothing can be skipped over in this kind of scenario, as painful as cuts to athletics, research, academics and student services can be.
Higher ed is obviously not alone. People from every area of state-funded endeavors are clamoring for the Legislature to preserve their support. Clausen and the system presidents are acutely aware of the competition they’ve entered into in that respect.

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Legislature needs to know deal's details

It would be smart to let Theriot know what’s going on. Lawmakers in Baton Rouge hold the key to the approval of the $50 million plan with California-based Foster Farms, and there is some understandable skepticism about the deal. Theriot’s oversight will go a long way.
It should be noted that changes to the law governing the state’s economic development fund are required before that deal can even go through.

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Bradshaw wants Tech to have big aspirations

“Tech beat Alabama not that long ago, too. What I’m saying is that you’ve got to dream big and believe anything is possible.”
Bradshaw, who hosted the Tech fundraising tourney with country and western musician Kix Brooks for the fourth straight year at Squire Creek, had high praise for the continued upgrading of the football and athletics program.
“I believe we’re ahead of schedule,” said the quarterback of four Super Bowl titles while with the Pittsburgh Steelers. “I believe we’re right on track to accomplish great things. I am excited about the things that are happening at Tech.”

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