Doug Fecher, finance committee chair: “Nobody likes this budget . . . I apologize that we are here, but we must fix it. …everything from here is forward and up.”
Jeff Ulliman, Chief Financial Officer: The “elephant in the room” is the increase to the athletics budget.
Geoffrey Owens, vice-president, WSU AAUP: That the athletics budget is “shielded” is maybe an “abomination . . . “in this time of austerity it just seems uncomfortable.”
David Baugham, President, Student Government: “From here, there’s hope, I don’t have any angst in terms of how it’s been handled in general.”
Cheryl Schrader, WSU President Elect: “Only with open and clear conversation can we reverse the errors of the past and emerge stronger.”
David McCray, Interim President: “I’m sorry we’re in this position, but, I believe for the first time…this board is taking charge of the budget.”