The Register reports on yesterday's powerful rally here on Beinecke Plaza, calling for a University whose policies are shaped by those whom they affect and on whom they depend: The university, citing a budget deficit, has laid off some 80 workers split between management and unionized clerical and technical workers. Graduate students also complained about cuts in nontenure track faculty, teaching stipends not tied to experience and class load, visa problems for international students and the lack of day care. Connie Allen, a four-year lecturer in chemistry, said she was told her contract would not be renewed because of financial constraints. Allen, who is black, said she received excellent reviews and felt the termination reflected Yale's lack of commitment to diversity. The students claimed a victory when the university announced Monday it would keep open Marigolds, a restaurant at the School of Medicine that it had considered closing to save money. Andrea Cole, of the Center for a New Economy, a grass-roots group affiliated with the unions on the Yale campus, said the university has not lived up to its promise to establish a new relationship with its workers. "We have not seen any indication that they are willing to work with us as allies," she said. Katy Porte, a graduate student studying painting, said more assistance is needed to keep her colleagues in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from "drowning in debt." She said her tab when she leaves in May will be more than $60,000 in loans.


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