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EMU Students Walk Out Of Class To Protest Budget Cuts

About 80 students at Eastern Michigan University walked out of class this morning to protest budget cuts on campus. 

"Walk out at 10 a.m., Welch Hall."

A student leader walks through the hallway of the Pray-Harrold building on campus reminding students about the walkout.  Students want the university to put a stop to staff layoffs and bring back four sports programs they eliminated last week to save $2.4 million.

Student-athlete Tanner Smith walked out of class after his wrestling team was eliminated.

“And we are not going to let the school kind of bully us like in the way that they have.  With like doing all these cuts without us knowing or having any warning of," said Smith.

After walking out of class, students gathered outside the administration building on campus to voice their concerns.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him

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