Text Box: will be hired for the coming year. Such drastic cuts in your education necessitate a personal response from you.  If you are a resident of Massachusetts, you are also a valued constituent of your state representative and senator.  The same applies to your parents.  Would you please take a few minutes of your time, if you have not done so already, to write each of them a letter protesting these massive cuts to the University and urging them to renew their commitment to the University with adequate funding in this year’s and future years’ budgets?  Urge your parents, if they live in Massachusetts, to do the same.  You need say no more than this.  Every letter counts, because your letter and also your parents’ letter represents a voter.  If you are so inclined, you might also send a copy of your letter to your local newspaper and to President William M. Bulger, University of Massachusetts President’s Office, One Beacon Street, 26th Floor, Boston, MA 02108.  Urge your parents to do the same.  By writing letters you can make a great difference in future budget allocations to the University, since they will influence how state legislators vote.  For those students who are from out of state you can still be active in the campaign.  Just write a letter to President William M. Bulger.  

	Notwithstanding all the cuts that the University has suffered, the staff at BDIC is working hard to ensure that all BDIC students get the quality education that they deserve.  We are very proud of our many accomplishments through the years and we certainly want to preserve the uniqueness of the Program and what it represents at the University. The success of the Program has always depended on the creativity of its students and their ability to forge majors that break down barriers between disciplines.  Given that our world is becoming increasingly more complex and interconnected, a reality that was certainly confirmed by the events of September 11, we are convinced that students will continue on designing majors that will position them well to take advantage of the many career opportunities in our increasingly complex world.  Therefore, we expect that BDIC will have a strong presence at the University.  In the meantime, we need to work hard at convincing our state legislators that the University merits their support.  It is only through their support that the Commonwealth will have a state flagship University that makes its citizens proud.  The right of Massachusetts families to a first-rate university education for their children must be preserved. I am very optimistic that with your help we will accomplish our objectives.
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Text Box: José Ornelas
Director, BDIC