SIU Trustees say they're doing the best they can when it comes to divvying up state monies, amid criticism from some on the SIU Edwardsville campus.
For a second day Thursday, faculty and staff demanded all new state monies be given to SIUE - citing increased enrollment and years of "doing more with less."
Staff Senate President Ian Toberman says it's time for change.
"You think that this system is a symbiotic ecosystem. That's a goal - it's not the reality. You expect us to sustain our sister campus in Carbondale, both directly and indirectly. That's not symbiosis. That's a parastic relationship."
While trustees did not directly answer the demand during their meeting, the funding issue was not on the agenda and didn't come up for a vote. Board Chair Phil Gilbert says he understands the frustration, but points out there is a process.
"But they need to realize that we are working. We have a new day dawning here with a new President. We're going to solve this issue."
SIU is in the middle of a three-year evaluation of how it splits up state money within the system. Administrators say they're working to come up with an equitable solution that will benefit all campuses.