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In September, the Penn State Board of Trustees approved a fiscal year 2023 budget with a $149 million deficit. University President Neeli Bendapudi said then that in succeeding years the budget would contain smaller general fund deficits, with the hope that the budget will be balanced by 2025.
Not long after that, The Collegian learned that the university was proposing slashing its appropriation for the news outlet to $200,000 for 2024 from $475,000 for 2023. This was shocking since most cuts were no more than 15 percent.
Both the Collegian Board of Directors and the Collegian AIG Board of Directors have written President Bendapudi asking her to restore a significant amount of funding for The Collegian. The AIG argued that The Collegian provides a public service as a news outlet for students, faculty, administrators and State College residents while at the same time providing valuable real-life work experience to students from both the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications and the Smeal College of Business.
The AIG also has contacted Penn State Board of Trustees members, including former Collegian columnist Jay Paterno, to seek support. If you know a trustee personally, please contact that person and ask them to help restore a reasonable level of university funding for The Collegian. Here is a list of the trustees with contact information.
The Collegian AIG also is seeking meetings with President Bendapudi and Bellisario College Dean Marie Hardin.