The gathering on the steps of the Getchell Library was brief, but pointedly and poignantly to the point Wednesday evening.
More than 250 faculty, students and staff from the University of Nevada, Reno took part in the "Rally to Save Our Public University" in an effort to bring more attention to the impact of proposed budget cuts to the state's system of higher education. It has been estimated that the University could face up to $59 million in budget reductions.
Two local television stations, as well as the Reno Gazette-Journal, covered the rally, which was sponsored by the Nevada Faculty Alliance, Faculty Senate, Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN) and the Graduate Student Association (GSA).
The Reno Gazette-Journal reported that participants held signs that read, "Cuts to education never heal" and "Thinking is the first step. Action is the next."
Art major Amy Aramanda, a senior, wondered why the proposed cuts seemed to be so much.
"It doesn't seem they think education is very important," she told the RGJ.
The event included a moment of silence for higher education, as well singing of the University's alma mater.
University President Milt Glick, along with Provost Marc Johnson, appeared in support of the ralliers.
Said Johnson to the RGJ: "We are all together in this message."
ASUN President Charlie Jose said Wednesday's gathering would not be the last time supporters of higher education in the state planned to rally. He encouraged the campus to participate in a March 21 rally in Carson City. The event will begin at 10 a.m. in front of the Nevada State Legislature, and will feature students and supporters of higher education from throughout the state. Buses from the University of Nevada, Reno campus will leave from the Joe Crowley Student Union for Carson City at approximately 8:45 a.m. on March 21, said Matt Smith, president of GSA.