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There are moments where the same event is viewed in two entirely different manners. This is one of those moments. Normally, TFA will only list the preface of an individual article, with an option to view the entire article from the source that it was provided by. However, in light of this being an election year, TFA has decided to approach this particular event with two diametrical opinions. Please remember to vote in the upcoming elections, and thereby add your voice to the many that will decide which direction this state and nation should take. The entire future of higher education in Texas is at stake.

Bill Powers, University Of Texas President, Clashes With Rick Perry Over Tuition Hikes

The Huffington Post  |  By Tyler Kingkade

Students are rallying to make sure University of Texas President Bill Powers doesn't lose his job over a clash with Gov. Rick Perry and his appointees on the Board of Regents.

Last week, the Regents denied Powers' request for a 2.6 percent tuition hike for UT undergrads. Instead they directed UT to use $6.6 million from the system's higher education endowment, which Powers criticized as a temporary fix.

"There is a tremendous difference between one-time allocations and solid, recurring allocations," Powers said.

On Wednesday, Texas Monthly reported Regents chairman Gene Powell had asked UT Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa to fire Powers, in part due to his criticism of the decision by the Regents against tuition increases.

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UT Regents Commended for Standing Up to Powers

Americans for Prosperity
  |  By William Lutz

May 2, 2012 is a historic day for the University of Texas. For decades, University of Texas regents blindly followed the University of Texas at Austin president, no matter where he led, viewing their role largely as either honorary or as fundraisers.

For the first time in at least two decades, the regents said no, publicly rejecting a 2.5 percent tuition increase proposed by President William Powers, Jr. In so doing, the regents said yes to Rick Perry – the elected governor of Texas – and yes to the idea that regents should manage state universities in the interest of the taxpayers, parents, and voters of Texas

Let’s be clear, there is no need for a tuition increase, and when the economy is in a deep recession is the wrong time to talk about raising taxes and fees. Perry correctly advised regents not to raise fees but instead to make better use of the monies universities already have.

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