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University of Southern Maine students walked out of class Monday at noon to protest recent faculty layoffs.

The students gathered at the University of Maine School of Law on USM’s Portland campus for a peaceful demonstration to oppose what they are calling unnecessary layoffs. The students are demanding more transparency from the administration.

USM has laid off 12 professors and 14 staff members, with another 10-20 layoffs expected as a result of a $14 million budget shortfall.

The protesters spent the day trying to find a way to reverse the layoffs.

“Because I grew up blue collar, I don’t deserve a classics degree? I don’t deserve an economics degree? I have to wait for them to fish that intellect out-of-state?” said student Brittany Sioux-Goldych.

Economics professor Susan Feiner claims there is no structural gap in USM’s budget and the layoffs are for political reasons.

“Why do you think they want to cut USM? Cheap labor. Cheap labor,” Feiner said at the rally.

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