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Fayetteville State University Student Press
FOR Students, By Students
January 26, 2011 • VoL 2, Issue no. 6
FSU budget woes worsen
By Alicia Bayat
At Fayetteville State University jobs will
be lost, and students will have to scramble to
meet class requirements.
“I have been here 30 years, this is abso
lutely unprecedented,” said Dr. Young refer
ring to the budget crisis and cuts that will be
necessary next year.
Budget concerns have been at the fore
front of every topic throughout the country. It
is the concern of every state, city and county
as states scramble to cover budget short falls.
Last year. Governor Bev Purdue called
for an additional 15 percent in budget cuts
throughout the state. FSU budget director,
Carlton Spellman indicated that the expecta
tion was to shoot for cutting 10 percent and
only if it was necessary make those 15 per
That absolutely necessary time has come to
make extensive budget cuts to meet these ex
pectations with more changes to come.
Primarily this will mean extensive chang
es in the operation, class availability and job
Cut backs may include
reduction in hours of operation
as well as some services being
eliminated all together
positions for existing faculty.
“Students should be aware that there will
be fewer class sections next year,” said Dr.
Young, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Aca
demic Affairs at FSU. “In fall 2007, we of
fered 1450 sections but because of reductions
in 2008 and 2009 this year we offered only
1269 class sections.”
This means basically that in the past three
years there was a 12.5 percent decrease in
class availability. There have been 181 fewer
Dr. Young indicated that next year the es
timate is that there will be 100 fewer classes
see BUDGET, page 5
Marcela Casals (left), a junior Visual Arts major with a
Concentration in Sculpture, along with FSU Professor Soni
Martin, works to develope the casting process of a bronze
hand for the 100 Bronze Hands, Wall of Oath, for the North
Carolina Veterans Park. The theme is “From The Soil of
North Carolina” and the hands will be dedicated on July 4 at
the grand opening of the new park.
Voice photo by Dea Spicer
FSU students help create first veterans park in state
By Chamell Harris
Imagine walking through an 18-acre pristine park
with reflection pools, lush green grass, complete
with several water features. When suddenly you
come across a curving granite wall adorned with
100 pledging hands. In awe by the many artistic ele
ments, it is no wonder that a few brilliant visual arts
majors from Fayetteville State University had con
siderable involvement in the project.
FSU students are working to complete the many
art fixtures for the new North Carolina Veterans State
Park currently under construction.
The park is scheduled to open July 4. It will be
next to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum
located off of Bragg Boulevard. It will feature many
hand crafted symbolic pieces of art and authentic his
tory reflecting all five branches of the United States
Armed Forces and all 100 counties of the state.
Soni Martin, a professor of Art at FSU, was cho
sen to coordinate the project, and has hand selected
a diverse group of individuals to assist her with the
project. Among the group picked, were FSU art stu
dents Marcela Casals, Aaron Wallace and FSU alum
na, Amanda Stephens, who is now a graduate student
at Western Carolina.
The park’s theme is “A Veteran’s Journey: Life
see CASTING, page 5
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