Around the industry: Dead & Co. bumps Shakespeare performances at UC-Boulder

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  • Colorado: The University of Colorado at Boulder athletic department will pay $100,000 to buy out a handful of Colorado Shakespeare Festival performances scheduled for the same weekend as a pair of Dead & Company concerts. Dead & Co.—comprised of three of the surviving Grateful Dead band members and John Mayer—will play at Boulder's football stadium, marking the first concert there since 2001. The Shakespeare performances were set to take place at an outdoor theatre just 400 yards away and would likely have been overpowered by the concert's sound (Young, Daily Camera, 2/17).
  • Ohio: The University of Toledo will cut its operating budget by 1.5% this year and reduce the entire budget by 3% for fiscal year 2017, which starts July 1. The reductions translate to about $600,000 this year and about $8.7 million next fiscal year. Low enrollment in fall 2015 contributed to the cuts, and while better enrollment is projected in the future, President Sharon Gaber says she wants to be proactive. "I want a budget that is realistic," she says (McCray, Toledo Blade, 2/18).
  • Utah: Leaders of the state's eight public colleges and universities aim to raise tuition by 2.5% next year, although the plan depends on state legislators granting funding requests—which looks likely. This month the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved a budget request that designates $77 million for higher education. That would cover most of the Board of Regents' requests, which include: $10 million to improve programs, $15 million in student-centered incentive goals, and $32 million to raise professors' salaries by 3% (Jacobsen, Deseret News, 2/16). 

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