By STEPHANIE BARISH and ROB HOELL
5:50 PM EDT, April 12, 2010
STONY BROOK, N.Y. (WPIX)
Hundreds of students from Stony Brook's Southampton campus -- which is slated to close by the end of the summer -- marched more than 12 miles to Stony Brook University to protest the administration's decision to shut down most of the campus.
"Our mission statement is education is not negotiable," student Nick Zanussi told PIX 11 News.
Zanussi and four other student representatives met with University President Dr. Samuel Stanley to try and change his mind about closing most of the Southampton campus. However, they soon realized that decision is likely final.
Stanley said his administration has no choice but to shutter most of the Southampton campus -- which only serves about 500 students -- because it's reportedly inefficient and costs 2.5 times as much per person to run as the main campus. He said the closing would save about $6.7 million a year.
"At the end of the day, we're faced with the classic situation of...we have this terrible budget situation...what can we do that impacts the fewest members and preserves our academic mission and still save some money which we really desperately need to do," said Stanley.
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