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"It's a new president; it's a new day"

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The email from University of Minnesota president Joan Gabel wasn't a complete surprise to UMD Chancellor Lendley Black, but he only had a couple of days notice before it landed in the inboxes of faculty and staff across campus.

December 4, Black announced $5.2 million dollars in budget cuts at UMD, including the loss of 29 staff and faculty positions, and program changes including merging the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Fine Arts.

With the campus still reeling from the reductions, no one expected an email a week and a half later from new University president Joan Gabel, simply titled, "New Financial Investment in UMD."

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