Leona Rubin, associate vice chancellor of graduate studies at the University of Missouri, was met with growing frustration while trying to field questions at the graduate rights forum held Tuesday. The event followed the graduate student walkout that was orchestrated las month after the university abruptly cut, and later reinstated, insurance subsidies for graduate student employees.
Anger mounted at the forum as Rubin fielded questions about the future of graduate health insurance with uncertainty. She was unable to answer if the university will eventually end health insurance altogether because of budget cuts.
“I don’t have a crystal ball, but I will tell you this — it’s not about saving money. It’s about not spending money that you don’t have,” Rubin said.