UC Berkeley administration to answer student questions about campus budget

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UC Berkeley campus administrators released a video Friday urging students to pose questions by next Wednesday about how the campus budget is affected by decreased state funding.

The video — which was recorded earlier this week by Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance John Wilton — offers a way to increase student engagement and discussion about campus affairs, said campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof.

“We believe students have a lot of basic questions about what we spend money on and what the trends (of spending on campus) look like,” he said. “It’s an effort to… get the conversation started and get students involved.”

However, the video does not address cuts to the campus budget for the 2012-13 academic year. The cuts are expected to total $16 to $18 million if Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative garners approval in November, according to a presentation Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer made to the campus Council of Deans in January.

The video marks the inaugural release of a student-developed Facebook application called Sproul Plaza, which will allow students to respond to Wilton’s video by submitting questions, according to Mogulof.

Staff writer Afsana Afzal contributed to this report

Amruta Trivedi is the lead academics and administration reporter.