ISSUE: Feb. 18, 2013


In his State of the University address, President Matthew Holland announced the potential for Utah Valley University to lose up to $10 million in revenue. After meeting with the university’s board of trustees and a brash presentation to the state legislation, the situation seems to be as dire as the prediction suggests.

Holland met Friday, Feb. 8, with the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee during their legislative session to address the lack of equity funding and compensation from the state for teachers and administrators in an effort to stymie the possible shortfall in revenue.

“We’re not just here to say ‘we’re not doing anything, we expect you to bail us out,’ we’re working as hard as we know how to work,” Holland said as he addressed the committee members on Friday. “We are just so down to the bone in terms of things we’re able to accomplish.”

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Alex Sousa is studying journalism in UVU’s communication department. He’s serving as the managing editor at the UVU Review as well as the editor of the music blog on He’s had experience working as a freelance writer and also as a copy writer at a marketing agency. Currently he’s working as the Editor-in-chief of the Utah Tech Magazine, an interactive, digital publication. He’s a Utah native who’s traveled around the world; having lived in Mexico, backpacked through Europe, studied in the Middle East and—for a time—been stranded in the Ukraine. He can be found on Facebook and he’s available on Twitter @TwoFistedSousa or by email at