UNK merger of two main colleges will save about $326,000

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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The hot topic at the University of Nebraska at Kearney right now is budget cuts.

One of the school's plans is to merge the College of Fine Arts and Humanities and the College of Natural and Social Sciences. This move will save over $326,000.

However, theater majors Tiffany Hall and Trevor Altwine are a bit skeptical.

"I think it's fair to say we deserve as much funding and opportunities as other departments because we have just as much of a chance to get jobs after graduation as any other department does," said UNK sophomore Tiffany Hall.

The two don't agree with the university cutting back in order to save money.

They also feel both the College of Fine Arts and Humanities and the College of Natural and Social Sciences have different needs.

Meeting those needs collaboratively may be a bit of a challenge. However, UNK officials say there are more pros than cons.

"A college of arts and sciences has a distinct identity as a liberal arts core. On our campus it will affirm or re-affirm that emphasis on liberal arts," said Charles J. Bicak, the senior vice-chancellor for academic and student affairs.

Students say they just want the process to run smoothly.

"I'm hoping we can still go about our business and do our day to day productions and get everything done in a way that is cohesive and learn-able for us," said Hall.

Regardless of the changes, Tiffany and Trevor say they're still looking forward to the future at UNK.

"Always looking forward to the next year, the next shows, progressing myself as a technician, and always just becoming better," said UNK freshman Trevor Altwine.