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Mock Funeral Held At St. Rose

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Protestors gathered at the College of St. Rose in Albany to protest academic cuts announced last Friday by college president Carolyn Stefanco, who is dealing with a 9 million dollar deficit. 

About 125 marchers participated in the mock funeral Tuesday, mourning the loss of 23 faculty members, 23 staffers last May and 28 programs including sociology, geology, Spanish and many others. Kathleen Crowley is a psychology professor.  "The goal of the march was to express our grief and our outrage and to demand the administration rescind these cuts and restore our academic mission."

College officials issued a statement defending the changes, saying they will "overwhelmingly benefit" students now and in the future, while noting 12 of the programs to be discontinued have a current enrollment of zero.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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