TAMPA - There's a battle brewing at the University of South Florida.
It's not on the football field, it's not even in the classrooms, but rather between University brass and the tens of thousands of students who attend the university.
Ever since USF's administration decided to cut the extended library hours (citing a tighter budget), there has been an outcry from students.
Many of them plan to show their disapproval by dropping letters off at the University's President's office Wednesday night at 6:00.
"It's pretty ridiculous, and a lot of students are pretty upset about it," says USF senior Maxx Ramirez.
He says since he enrolled at USF three years ago, the library has been open 24 hours a day, Sunday through Thursday. He says now that the University has opted to close the library at midnight, he has seen the crunch it has put the students in first hand as an employee in the library's tutoring center.
"Now the library closes at 12 am, which essentially give students three hours of computer usage and study usage after we finish tutoring in the lab at 9:00," says Ramirez.
His concerns and many like them have been heard loud and clear according to interim Vice President of Student Affairs Thomas Miller, but right now the whole thing boils down to money. The annual price tag of $136,000 dollars to keep the library up and running 24/5 became too much of a financial burden for the university.
"For three years, this has been funded," says Miller. "But its been funded almost inappropriately by leftover cash and its not a recurring matter. So we need a circumstance that we can fund this on a recurring basis."
Despite the current change, Miller says with these challenges, there is hope.
"The Provost is committed to trying to arrange a circumstance that works for us. We have student government working on it too. I'm optimistic that we can come up with something in the next week," says Miller.
Something Ramirez says he is relieved to hear.
"I mean, hopefully. Tuition increases every year, library hours decrease every year, doesn't really add up."
Miller told ABC Action News he hopes the extended hours are back by midterms in October.
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