Sally Mason talks enrollment, budget cuts

University of Iowa President Sally Mason met with The Gazette editorial board Thursday morning. Mason talked about tuition, budget cuts, fall enrollment, flood recovery, fund raising and the water tower near Kinnick Stadium. On TUITION, Mason said officials will work to keep it as low as possible, in bringing next year’s tuition increase to the state Board of Regents this fall. Student financial aid is one area that she will never cut during tough budget times, Mason said. On HANCHER AUDITORIUM, Mason said there is no clear favorite between the two sites being considered to replace flood-damaged Hancher. UI officials want to hold one more campus forum this fall before taking a site recommendation to the regents by the end of this year, she said. Cost is a factor that will be considered, Mason said: one site under consideration is near the current Hancher, and is property the UI owns. The other site is south of Burlington Street, on the southern edge of downtown Iowa City and includes lots of private properties the UI would have to purchase. Regarding the fan-driven petition to paint the white WATER TOWER that looms over Kinnick Stadium, Mason said she would support giving the tower the Hawkeye treatment, but no UI money can be used to do it at this point, due to budget cuts. “If a donor stepped forward … I certainly wouldn’t oppose it,” she said. “But I certainly don’t want to spend precious dollars on painting the water tower.”   To read what Mason said about a possible record fall enrollment, go to GazetteOnline.

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