You may┬álike this eye-catching headline, but I wonder if such budget cuts will be a factor in a more forceful persuation of getting the half a million chunk out of our city’s budget.

Persistent budget cuts have created turmoil at the University of Maryland, College Park this past fall, prompting a student demonstration over the removal of one administrator, complaints about a lack of clear explanations from the provost and a sense of dread among faculty who say they’re asked to do more with less.

The state university system has cut more than $100 million from its 2010 budget in response to shortfalls in the state budget. As the system’s largest campus, College Park has taken the biggest hits and will have to cut about $48 million by the end of the fiscal year in June. Cuts have led to furloughs, shrinking budgets for adjunct faculty, key positions left unfilled, discussions of merging departments and a few layoffs.

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