UT Needs to Re-evaluate Cactus and Informal Classes Decision

RECEIVED Thu., Feb. 25, 2010

Dear Editor,
    Re: "Where's the Outcry Over Informal Classes?" [News, Feb. 26]: Kudos and applause to Richard Whittaker for bringing some much-needed attention to the Texas Union's extremely unfortunate decision to cut the informal classes program at UT. I, too, was surprised by the lack of public outcry over this injustice, and I hope that Whittaker's words will put more pressure on those responsible for this decision to re-evaluate the situation and make cuts elsewhere, without depriving us all of such an invaluable community service! Having taken several informal classes – they offered everything from foreign languages to photography, from horseback riding to ballroom dancing – I can attest to the quality of the instructors and to the enriching experience of the classes. While the closing of the Cactus Cafe deserves plenty of press in itself, it should never be mentioned without also lamenting the loss of informal classes. Thanks!
Misty Shaw
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