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October 28, 2004
  BUDGET HISTORY: U of C administration trims payrollPDF files may take a moment to load

To minimize impact on any single department, the University of Calgary is offering wage rollbacks to all its employees.

In April, those senior administrative and professional staff not covered under collective bargaining agreements accepted a five per cent cutback in their total compensation, saving the university approximately $1.3 million.

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October 28, 2004
  BUDGET HISTORY: AUPE slams Fraser for cutsPDF files may take a moment to load

Patrick Walsh, chair of Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Local 52, represents approximately 1800 support staff workers.

Walsh was in the hot seat after President Murray Fraser announced budget cuts at a town hall meeting last week.

"I have been deluged by calls and by people who are frantic and I'm urging them to adopt a wait-and-see policy," Walsh said.

With the announcement, support staff are concerned about job security.

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October 28, 2004
  BUDGET HISTORY: Fraser lowers the boomPDF files may take a moment to load

The university of Calgary will be drastically reducing its budget over the next five years to deal with fiscal realities. President Murray Fraser told a packed University Theatre last Thursday.

University budget officers will be asked to plan for budget reductions of 17 per cent over five years for teaching units and 20 per cent for all other units. To start, teaching units will be asked to cut their budgets by one per cent next year, while other units have been asked to start with up to a five per cent cut.

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October 28, 2004
  BUDGET HISTORY: How does $4,000 per year for tuition sound?PDF files may take a moment to load

If the university has its way, students will son pay a lot more for tuition--thousands of dollars more.

The provincial government is in the process of drawing up a new tuition fee policy for Alberta's post-secondary institutions, to be released in late October. Currently, universities can charge tuition equal to no more than 20 per cent of their operating expenses. The new policy is expected to raise the "cap" to between 26 and 31 per cent--meaning tuition could jump form $2,390 per year to more than $4,000.

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October 28, 2004
  BUDGET HISTORY: Klein's budget axe fallsPDF files may take a moment to load

It's official: the provincial government is driving post-secondary education into the ground.

The provincial budget was released last Tuesday and, according to Students' Union President Jason Allen, there were no surprises.

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October 28, 2004
  BUDGET HISTORY: Brace yourselves, tuition is going up... again.PDF files may take a moment to load

In a meeting last week, the Planning and Finance Committee approved an increase in next year's tuition to the tune of approximately $220 per full time student.

"We realize it's a problem," said Jason Allen, president of the University of Calgary Students' Union. "There was no time to consult effectively on this one."

The extra money will go into the university's general operating fund to help make up money lost to provincial government cuts.

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October 28, 2004
  BUDGET HISTORY: Budget blues sung by student leadersPDF files may take a moment to load

As promised, the provincial Conservative government officially announced their first balanced budget two weeks ago. Although there were few surprises, student leaders and university administrators differ on what the budget means to University of Calgary students.

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October 28, 2004
  BUDGET HISTORY: Cuts like a knifePDF files may take a moment to load

Saving bucks won out over student health and quality education in this year's University of Calgary budget.

The University Budget Committee got out its budget axe again in an attempt to deal with provincial government funding cuts of another seven per cent. The funding cuts are right on schedule for the second year of Advanced Education's three-year deficit reduction plan.

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October 28, 2004
  BUDGET HISTORY: Editorial: Quelle surprisePDF files may take a moment to load

Tuition is on the rise, again, and I for one am angry. Fees are going up 9.7 per cent next year, which is the maximum allowed under the provincial government's tuition policy, and student leaders are saying it's not a total loss-they have a promise from the Board of Governors that the university President will talk to them about rising tuition. Any sign is a good sign, they say. How mystical. Heck, next year they might raise tuition only 9.2 per cent.

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October 28, 2004
  BUDGET HISTORY: Klein-opoly: a game the whole province can playPDF files may take a moment to load

Liberal Doses, opinion

There were two notable items missing in Ralph Klein's address to the citizens of Alberta. Every post-secondary student knows that Klein did not address the cuts to post-secondary education. Post-secondary students already obtained a promise of a review of the cuts from the premier. Klein's address is symbolic of the Alberta political scene: no effective opposition is allowed in Alberta.

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