I only lived in Reno for four years, but in many ways it is where I “grew up.” How much more tragedy can my little college town handle?
Kara Baldonado has slept outside four times in recent weeks, longing to win the hottest ticket in town — the chance at a driver’s license. First-time Nevada drivers now have to wait up to a month and a half to schedule a driving test, forcing those who need a license sooner to bear the overnight standby line.
The University of Nevada, Reno will likely see the closure of more than a dozen degree programs, the elimination of a major college and the loss of about 75 faculty members by Fall 2011. The search is on to find $11 million to cut from UNR’s budget (nearly $50 million from higher ed) since state leaders passed a 6.9 percent cut to higher education yesterday — a figure UNR officials call “fantastic” compared to initial proposals as high as 22 percent just two weeks ago.