MADISON (WKOW)-- Despite the frigid temperatures, protestors took to Library Mall on the UW campus Saturday, to voice opposition to proposed cuts to UW funding.
Governor Scott Walker's budget proposal cuts $300 million from the UW System.
Ricardo Court, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Political Science, UW-Madison
“This is going to harm students,” said Ricardo Court, the director of undergraduate studies in Political Science at UW-Madison.
The Governor's proposed UW budget would cut $120 million from the UW-Madison. Chancellor Rebecca Blank has said that means layoffs.
“Class sizes are going to be larger, the contact with students and their professors is going to be more scant,” Court said. “There are going to be far fewer academic and career advisers.”
Saturday's protest was organized by UW Faculty Organizing for Change. And those who showed up, say it's not just jobs on the line. Greg Gordon, who protested Saturday, says his son is a senior at UW.
“I came out because I'm concerned that all the hard work that he's put in to get his degree is going to be devalued overtime because of all the cuts to the university,” Gordon said.
Students at the rally say they're worried about losing faculty and the quality of their education.
“I feel incredibly privileged to be here and to be taught by this faculty so I really don't wanna see that go anywhere,” said Logan Goral, a UW-Madison student.
The UW is hosting forums about the proposed budget cuts. The is one for graduate students on Tuesday, February 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. One for undergrads will be held Monday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Varsity Hall at Union South.