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Four-day workweeks workable?

"If you want to see a ghost town, go to a college campus on a Friday," wrote Topeka Capital-Journal columnist Ric Anderson, likening Friday classes to tuition bills or invasive abdominal surgery in popularity. He continued: "Before the Kansas Board of Regents requests a tax increase or approves yet another round of massive increases in tuition and fees, it should strongly consider shutting down the state's colleges on Fridays. Would a four-day week solve the budget problems? Probably not by itself, but at the very least it could produce some substantial cost savings by cutting utility bills." Anderson noted in a later column that Fort Hays State University went to a four-day week last summer, saving $78,000.