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Berger nixes UNC campus closings in Senate budget

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The top leader of the North Carolina Senate says he doesn't envision his chamber's state budget proposal will direct any closings of the University of North Carolina system's 17 campuses.

Senate leader Phil Berger made the comment Wednesday, a few weeks before his colleagues roll out a state government spending proposal for the next two years. A key budget-writer said last month campus consolidation would be one of many things getting consideration this year to find efficiencies and cost savings.

Berger told reporters that many people have talked about campus closings in the past and will continue to do so. Berger says the UNC system doesn't have to look the same way forever and still remain one of the best in the country.

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One of those good news may be bad news stories. I feared that they would close two campuses, apparently they won't but Berger's words were disturbing:
"Berger says the UNC system doesn't have to look the same way forever and still remain one of the best in the country."

I think I see a radically different UNC system in the near future with sports at only one or two of the campuses. I see limited course offerings at all campuses and student life will be affected.
It will be curious to watch

Vog