Groups to Rally at UNI During Regents Meeting

By Diane Heldt, Reporter

A driver drives through the gateway of the University of Northern Iowa on Thursday, June 23, 2011, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (SourceMedia Group News/Jim Slosiarek)

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Groups opposed to the closure of Malcolm Price Lab School and other cuts at the University of Northern Iowa will rally during the state Board of Regents meeting Thursday at the UNI campus in Cedar Falls.

The group Citizens and Students United sent out the information about the rally, and said several organizations will convene for the event, to take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 Thursday. The group will meet by the wading pool in front of UNI’s Maucker Union at 11 a.m. and then move inside the union, where the regents meet.

The “Rally for the Facts” will be attended by representatives from United Faculty, Students United for Academics, UNI for Working Families and the Iowa Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. Organizers said the purpose is to voice concerns to the board about the Price Lab closure, set for June 30, program cuts and faculty layoffs, all planned as part of budget cuts at UNI.

The regents previously approved the lab school closure and nearly 60 academic program cuts on the recommendation of UNI President Ben Allen.
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