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[caption id="attachment_4672" align="alignnone" width="400"] Illustration by River Gates[/caption] By Issac Scott When George Bridges starts his new job as president of Evergreen in October, the college will be in the midst of some of the biggest challenges in its history. With state funding in free-fall and enrollment on the decline, Bridges will likely be a decisive factor at important crossroads for Evergreen’s future. He’s a seasoned academic leader with considerable political know-how. The Seattle native has already spent a decade at the helm of Whitman College, a prestigious private school in Walla Walla, and a long career working in sociology and criminal justice. With his credentials and connections, it’s no surprise the Board of Trustees picked him for the job. When I talked to Bridges on the phone recently, I asked him about his record on social justice and inclusive governance, and what makes Evergreen important. ...

 
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By Zachary Newman The Evergreen Gallery has been saved from closure, after students and community members organized a campaign to keep it open, despite budgetary concerns. The gallery no longer faces the proposed December 2015 closure date, but funding has only been ensured for the next two years. “The good news is that the continuation of the gallery has been assured for the foreseeable future,” provost Michael Zimmerman wrote, in his post on Greener Commons. “By repurposing some existing funding and using some new sources of revenue, I have been able to sequester enough funding to ensure that the gallery remains an integral resource for exhibits and teaching on our campus through the end of the next biennium. The intent, obviously, is for the gallery to be as permanent a fixture on campus as any other operation,” he went on to say. After the gallery’s closure was announced last December, students, faculty, alumni, and memb...

 
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By Issac Scott Evergreen’s future is in real trouble as state budget cuts decimate programs we hold dear. Perhaps the most vivid example is the impending closure of the Evergreen Gallery, located in the library. It’s been there since 1971, quietly showing off world-renowned artists and the college’s awesome permanent collection, which includes pieces by Andy Warhol and Diane Arbus. Next year, it will likely be gone, with the fate of the permanent collection seemingly tenuous as well. Evergreen’s reputation is largely based on the strength of its extra-curricular programs, giving students opportunities to work on professional-scale projects in a town where such opportunities are often hard to come by. Spaces like the Evergreen Gallery, Photoland, and Media Loan consistently make it feel worthwhile to be a student here. But there’s no reason to think that closing any number of beloved college resources will be enough to preven...

 
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By Issac Scott Evergreeners frustrated with the lack of program options this quarter should pay close attention as the State Legislature meets this month, where lawmakers face a multi-billion dollar budget crisis that could have lasting impacts on Evergreen. Washingtonians have already felt the second largest tuition hikes in the nation since the 2008 recession, with tuition at Evergreen nearly doubling in the past six years due to major cuts in funding. The college prepared for a possible 15 percent cut ahead of this year’s legislative session, where lawmakers will negotiate a new budget for the next two year period. As it stands, lawmakers could fly a Boeing airplane through the hole in Washington’s budget. The state expects to be about $4.4 billion short of what it needs to maintain current levels and implement newly mandated investments in K-12 education, according to the state Office of Financial Management (OFM). Three ye...

 
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By Issac Scott After six years of sweeping reductions in state funding to The Evergreen State College, state support for the college is at a historic low and may now face major cuts next year, threatening staff layoffs, bigger class sizes, and even higher tuition rates. Governor Jay Inslee will release his proposed budget at the beginning of December, before the new legislative session convenes in January to finalize the budget. Since 2008, tuition rates at Evergreen have gone up by 70 percent, while state funding to the college has dropped 44 percent, according to documents from Evergreen’s budget office. The proportion of Evergreen’s budget that comes from the state is now only 38 percent, compared to 68 percent in the 2007-08 school year, and 75 percent in 1990. This means that student tuition is now the primary source of revenue for Evergreen, rather than state funding. Since the economic recession started in 2008, the state...

 
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By ISSAC SCOTT Due to falling enrollment, Evergreen is in a budget crisis and will have to cut costs over the next several years. At a recent community meeting, Evergreen President Les Purce announced the crisis and lead a discussion by outlining the issues, the sources of the crisis, and how the administration plans to tackle these problems. After Purce spoke, community members in the audience raised concerns and suggested solutions. The current crisis is a unique situation for the college in its 40-year history. Evergreen has always adapted to the varying levels of funding provided by the state legislature, but the new budget shortfall is because for the first time not enough students are coming to Evergreen. Enrollment for the 2014-15 school year is expected to be at its lowest level since 1996, according to Purce. For the coming year, the administration budgeted for 4,270 full-time equivalent (FTE) students, but the administra...