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Jessica Jorgenson, Fargo, Published December 16 2013

Letter: Liberal arts loss tragedy for MSUM

As a doctoral student in an English program, I understand the importance of story. Story carries weight in significance, meaning and the people that inhabit that story. As readers of a story, we start to identify with characters and their burdens and, in a well-written story, we start to see ourselves in those characters, in where the story takes place.

For me, my years as an undergraduate at Minnesota State University Moorhead are a story because it carries weight for me in meaning, people and place. While pursuing my education, I have attended a number of universities, but no other university has meant as much to me as Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Reading the news about the budget problems and seeing professors who have taught me the importance of story suffer because of poor administrative management hits hard. I am no longer a student or employee at MSUM, but I still feel connected to the community at MSUM; I want everyone at MSUM to know that alumni have not forgotten them. What happened to many of the liberal arts programs, and what could still happen to many liberal arts professors and programs, is more than unfortunate.

MSUM has a mission to offer students strong liberal arts programs and effective teaching from professors. With the potential cuts to the liberal arts, that mission has been compromised. The recent cuts have caused MSUM to lose an essential part of its story, and while the university may continue to thrive, there is an irreparable sense of loss.