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MU president apologizes to students and faculty

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Protestors on Marshall University's campus say students and faculty were blind-sided by University president, Dr. Stephen Kopp.

Protestors tell us Dr. Kopp's decision to restructure finances drastically affects the quality of education, and faculty were not consulted to help shape the decision.

"I think our faculty needs to know that we support them, and our respective departments," says junior, Jordan Weisz. "That's why I'm out here."

Dr. Kopp repeatedly apologized, first in an article in the school newspaper, and again during the MU Board of Governors meeting.

"If many of you figure, or feel you were bypassed in this process, I apologize," said Kopp.

Dr. Kopp recently sent out an email to students and faculty explaining how he plans to make up for 5.11 million dollars that state lawmakers are cutting from Marshall's budget.

Dr. Kopp said he's sweeping several accounts of different departments and programs, and putting the money in another account to pay for the most important expenses.

"It's really against the Marshall University mission statement," says junior, Nathan Hedrick. "It allows him to put it into stocks, and basically gamble with the student's money that we pay for our classes."

Dr. Kopp says there's no other way to make up for the cuts without firing staff.