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Cal Poly faculty and students picket over administrative costs

Brittany Graham

Several Cal Poly faculty members and students picketed on campus in front of the President's Administration building Thursday morning. 

They voiced concerns over the number of administrators hired in recent years at the rally. Dr. Belinda Morril is a temporary lecturer and serves as the Academic Senate Representative for part-time faculty. She said that something needs to change.

"We had people there who have been here for 30 years. They're ready to retire. They're not going to get anything out of this, other than to say...this is not the 'Mustang Way,' " said Morril.

A petition was also delivered to President Armstrong. He released a statement saying, “Our faculty are the lifeblood of this university, and raising salaries is a top priority. The recession years of no raises has taken a toll on morale, and I can understand the frustration that is fueling today's protest. The $2.5 million we will give in increases over the next three years isn't enough, but it's a first step."

The petition asks that administrator salaries be cut back to 2010 levels and that new increases be tied to faculty salaries.