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University cutting University Players

The University of Windsor has made cuts to two of its campus programs to balance its budget.

They've decided to close the University Players, a School of Dramatic Arts production unit.

The Entrepreneurship, Practice, and Innovation Centre is also being reimagined "to integrate and enhance our innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem."

A total of 10 employees will be affected by these decisions.

“At a time when the University’s strategic plan emphasizes its role as an engine of economic diversification, urban vitality, and civic engagement in the Windsor-Essex region, these cuts appear short-sighted and self-defeating,” said Paul Fraser, CUPE 1393 president.

In a news release, the University stated the budget cuts were needed because of external pressures from ongoing domestic tuition freezes, provincial policy and funding impacts, competitive forces, and fluctuating enrolment.

These changes, along with other realignments, have saved the university $5.6 million in this year's budget.

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