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UT cancels informal classes

Interested in heirloom sewing? Two-step dancing? Web design? Painting pet portraits? If you are, you should register for your informal classes now, because this is may be the last semester.

If you’ve ever wanted to take an informal class at UT, or visit the Cactus Café, your last chance may be soon. The University of Texas has been offering classes to students and community members for years now. However, the informal classes will be canceled after this semester in an attempt to save the university money.

The informal classes offered included some life-saving classes, such as CPR and Animal CPR, and sanity-saving classes, such as Salsa dancing and Couples Massage. As far as art classes are concerned, they ranged from drawing, to art, to dance, to digital media. As a student of a dance class, I greatly enjoyed the atmosphere, recreation, and instruction of the informal class.

The classes for students are very reasonable priced (about $50) and in ID was all you needed to prove you were a student. Anyone was welcome to take classes, though they are a bit more expensive for non-students, and the classes were very popular.

According to William Powers, the university’s president, these cut will save the school $120,000 a year. Originally the classes were offered to bolster the schools income, but recently they have not been turning a profit. While theses are tough times for many, this will be a huge loss for many, including those who’d like to learn more about French wine and cheeses and break dancing.

To register for classes visit this website. To learn more about the closures visit this website.


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Comments

  • Joanna Bettelheim, Austin Literature Examiner 4 years ago

    I find this really disappointing. Why couldn't they find ways of making the classes more profitable rather than simply canceling them altogether? Honestly, knowing the amount of money UT gets every year, just from the interest of the money they already have, $120,000 loses its impact.

  • UTANGRY 4 years ago

    WHO DIDN'T SEE THIS COMING? UT IS GOING DOWN THE POOPER. EFF IT. ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS TAKE SOME PHOTOGRAPHY INFORMAL CLASSES, BUT NOOOOO. UT HAS TO GO AND CANCEL THE WHOLE THING.

  • dc 4 years ago

    Totally pennywise, pound-foolish! I fear that IClasses will be forgotten in the furor over the Cactus Cafe. Informal Classes are the university's public face.

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