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DES MOINES, Iowa--Two weeks ago the AIB College of Business announced it would be gifting its campus to the University of Iowa.

The decision is raising questions from students, faculty, and lawmakers.

Monday, the House Appropriations Committee met with University of Iowa President Sally Mason and AIB Board of Trustees President Chris Costa.

On top of lawmakers, students filled the chamber sporting their Eagles gear in a last ditch effort to save the AIB athletics program.

AIB announced last week all athletics would end after the Spring 2015 season.

Committee members asked about the future of the athletics program, however, Mason said it's not appropriate for athletics to continue at the school but said intramural sports would be part of campus life.

Mason also said the school, which will be renamed the Regional Regents Center, will be run as an auxiliary campus and won’t have a fiscal impact on the state.

“We anticipate zero impact on the state budget, this is not something that we would be coming to the state to ask money to help with, this is something that needs to be able to operate in its own, on its own, in a self-sustaining way,” says Mason.

No one besides Mason and Costa were allowed to speak.

However, several committee members stayed after and asked the students who showed up to share their concerns with the transition.

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