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UM lecturers reaction to cuts, possible course changes

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MISSOULA - The University of Montana announced earlier this fall that it would not be re-signing more than 30 of its lecturers to contracts and now with a re-prioritization of classes in the works, lecturers are still uncertain of their future at UM. 

"They aren't tenured so they were always in sort of a slightly precarious position but there was always a feeling of, like, mutual respect I think and I feel like some of them really felt like the university had just turned on them and they didn't understand why," union spokesman Lee Banville said.

According to Banville, even after contracts were extended there is still a lot to figure out. Once the university finishes its re-prioritization of programs there could be a need to fill more of these positions -- or there could be a need for more cuts.

Despite the uncertain circumstances some of the lecturers continue to put everything they have into educating their students. 

"OK this is going to happen I'm not going to crawl into a hole I'll be the best I can be. My plan for 'what-happens-if' is to stay and make the changes from within. Teach our way out of the mess and happily do it," said UM adjunct lecturer Dr. Garry Kerr.

There will be a final meeting Monday at 6 p.m. on at the Gallagher Business building to discuss possible curriculum changes at UM.

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