THE CANCELLATION OF THE LAUGHTER AFTER DARK STAND UP COMEDY PROGRAM AT OHIO UNIVERSITY HAS CAUSED DISAPPOINTMENT AMONG STUDENTS AND IT SEEMS LIKE THERE COULD BE MORE CUTS ON THE WAY. JOURNALISM 350 REPORTER PAT HENDERSON HAS MORE ON THE STORY.
BUDGET CUTS FROM OHIO UNIVERSITY ARE PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE UNIVERSITY PROGRAM COUNCIL AND BAKER CENTER ADMINISTRATORS. ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF BAKER CENTER CHAD BARNHARDT SAYS HE HAS HAD TO CUT BACK ON PROGRAMMING OFFERED THROUGH THE STUDENT CENTER BECAUSE OF THE UNIVERSITY BUDGET...
[TAKE NAME: Barnhardt1 OUTCUE: it's difficult DURATION:0:12] <"It is sort of frustrating as you're trying to offer students different things, different programs and different events, and your budget continues to decline and I don't think anyone wants to see a decline in programming but I think with the number of external forces that there are, especially with the economy the way it is, it's difficult">
BARNHARDT SAYS THE CENTER'S PROGRAMS ARE THE ONLY SMALLER EVENTS FOR STUDENTS ON CAMPUS AND THAT HIS BUDGET HAS BEEN CUT BY ALMOST HALF OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS. HE BELIEVES THE CENTER SHOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP CURRENT PROGRAMS BUT WON'T OFFER ANY NEW ONES. SOME STUDENTS DISAGREE WITH THE UNIVERSITY'S BUDGET CUTS AND ARE ASKING FOR EXPLANATIONS.
[TAKE NAME: student1 OUTCUE: you know? DURATION:0:06] <"I think that they could cut back on maybe some other stuff that isn't used by us students - you know?">
[TAKE NAME: student2 OUTCUE: cut back then ... no. DURATION:0:11] <"I want to know where the money is going to ... that they're cutting from. Why cut? What do they need that money for?But, I mean .. Maybe if that's explained I could see why but if they are just cutting to cut back then .. No"> BARNHARDT SAYS HE EXPECTS A MIDTERM CUT, BUT MAY BE ABLE TO AVOID FUTURE CUTS BY PARTNERING EVENTS WITH ACADEMIC PROGRAMS. IN ATHENS, I'M PAT HENDERSON FOR JOURNALISM 350 NEWS.