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Facing budget gap, Morehouse furloughs staff

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Michael Thomas, a senior at Morehouse College, wishes the college he loves so much would find another way to balance its financial books.

"I think this could have an impact on my education," Thomas said.

Morehouse, one of the most respected historically black colleges, said it must furlough all staff and faculty for five days this academic year.

Enrollment dropped by about 125 students, because fewer students can get loans because of stricter federal standards.

"It's definitely tough paying for an education when you're student and you're only making so much," Thomas said.

Morehouse faces a budget gap of more than $3 million.

Robert Franklin, the college's president, said that even he will be forced to take those furlough days.

"Furloughing faculty and staff is a last resort measure," Franklin said, adding the budget cuts will help save money "in the mid six figures."

The college would make up the remaining shortfall by cutting vacant positions and putting off some maintenance projects.

Franklin said the cuts won't affect the quality of the student's education.

"We believe the faculty and staff are committed to excellence at Morehouse College," Franklin said.

Franklin said the budgets would not include layoffs.

Staff members will take their furlough days during spring break to minimize the impact on students, Franklin said.

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