Here’s what you might have missed last week:
Hundreds of people gathered in front of La Fortaleza to reclaim the budget cuts to the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), the possible closing of campuses, and in defense of the institution as a higher education center for the country. The activity began as a strike-through Calle del Cristo and ended in front of La Fortaleza, the same streets thousands of people filled during the #RickyRenuncia protests last summer.
The interim rector of UPR in Humacao, Moisés Cartagena, presented his immediate resignation on Tuesday. According to the president of the UPR, Jorge Haddock, Cartagena relinquished his duties due to personal reasons.
The president of the UPR, Jorge Haddock, asked the Financial Oversight Board to detain new adjustments and cuts to the institution’s budget. The new changes to the budget included a reduction of $86 million from the general fund and a decrease of $71 million that was proposed for the next academic year.
Following an investigation, the Legal Matters Office found cause for disciplinary action towards the ex-dean of Academic Affairs and the ex-dean of the Humanities Department, Raúl Castro, and Harry Hernández, due to poor management of a sexual harassment case.
In this week’s column, the author writes about the difficult and anxious decision that awaits every college student, whether to go straight to work or apply to graduate school. “It’s hard enough to complete a bachelor’s degree, but now we must choose between debt or possible unemployment,” the writer expressed.
Last Wednesday, the Student Movement of UPR in Río Piedras protested, in front of the main entrance, against budget cuts to the university’s budget.