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University of Memphis' $20M budget gap concerns students, staff

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(WMC-TV) - For weeks the University of Memphis campus has been a buzz about how the university will make up a $20 million budget gap. Students and faculty say the new administration is not sharing the information they need to prepare for the future.

"I'm in this weird state of limbo and anxiety about what to do," said associate professor Cedar Nordbye.

The multimillion dollar gap in the U of M budget suggests cuts are coming, but faculty and employees say the administration is not being transparent about when and where.

"I do scheduling for my department as far as scheduling classes and haven't been told what I can schedule for next semester, because I'm not sure if we're going to have part time monies or not," said Nordbye.

On Friday members of the United Campus Workers and the Progressive Student Alliance met to prepare for an upcoming University of Memphis town hall meeting where thy hope their voices will be heard.

Tom Smith represents the Tennessee Higher Education Union. He says the university has been slow to respond to open records requests.

"We have a right to these documents. You work for us, you work for the taxpayers of Tennessee ... Open the books show us what's actually going on," said Smith.

Another major concern is whether jobs will be outsourced.

There is a town hall meeting October 3 and 4 on campus. Everyone in the campus community is encouraged to attend.

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