U. of South Carolina-Upstate Cuts Center That Held Gay-Culture Event

The University of South Carolina-Upstate on Tuesday said that it would close a center that sponsored a symposium on gay culture this spring, as part of a larger cost-cutting effort that the university said would save more than $450,000 annually, The State reported.

The symposium at one time included a one-woman play, How to Be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less, that was called off in the face of opposition from lawmakers.

Thomas F. Moore, the university’s chancellor, said that although the Upstate campus had received much attention recently over its gay-themed programming, the move was unrelated to those controversies. Other parts of the plan include cuts in the university’s honors and continuing-studies programs.

“We have looked across academic affairs for ways to reduce administrative costs, and we are implementing many changes,” Mr. Moore said in a written statement. “Not only is this decision not punitive or a response to external pressure, it is part of an effort to be consistent and systematic across academic affairs in how we administer and support various programs.”

The Upstate campus and the College of Charleston have also been mired in controversy for assigning books with gay characters and themes to incoming freshmen. The State House of Representatives voted to strip $52,000 from the College of Charleston’s budget and $17,000 from the Upstate campus’s budget over those assignments.

The State Senate voted on Tuesday to require that the two institutions spend those amounts on teaching the principles of the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Federalist Papers.

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