A raucous crowd of several thousand students, faculty and maintenance workers at the University of Maryland at College Park today protested in the cold against $40 million in state budget cuts.
Among the protesters was UM President William E. Kirwan.
"We feel we need to make a stand," Sandra Sardanelli, a staff member in the botany department, said while at the protest in front of the university's main administration building.
"The morale for some time has really been low among students and teachers. It's hitting every section of the university."
She said some entire departments are slated for termination, students are paying higher tuition, library staff has been cut back and health services have been reduced. Reductions in classes will also force some students to pay for an extra semester or more to obtain enough credits for their degrees.