Students Begin Protest of U.N.I. Cuts

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By Aaron Hepker

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — University of Northern Iowa students are protesting cuts to academic programs by gathering inside the main campus administration building all week to study.

The "study-in" protest inside Seerley Hall began Monday morning with about 10 students and will continue through Friday. Graduate student and organizer Kelley Rouchka says she expects the protest to grow as their message spreads.

She says protesters will quietly read books and other materials to highlight academic programs they say will suffer under President Ben Allen's budget-cutting proposals. They will also pass out pamphlets urging UNI supporters to lawmakers contact and the Iowa Board of Regents about the cuts.

Allen has moved to close a research and development laboratory school and a campus museum, and is expected to unveil more cuts to programs this week.

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