Previous furloughs were done in a way less inconvenient to students, and it might have turned unofficial faculty mental health days into unpaid faculty mental health days. "After temporarily terminating 300 student aides, the university required its 1,100 employees to take five days off from March 20-24 over spring break."
The article notes the university is celebrating a sesquicentennial, with commencement ceremonies to proceed as scheduled. The commencement speaker? Former