Students to rally for budget

Adriane Hardin

Anyone who doesn’t want a tuition increase might want to consider heading to Frankfort on Feb. 27.

Student Government Association will provide free transportation to students who want to attend a rally organized to oppose postsecondary budget cuts that the General Assembly may make.

“We’d like as many students as would like to go,” SGA President Jamie Sears said. “We’ll take a 100, or we’ll take 15.”

The rally was organized by student governments across the state. Student representatives from the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, Murray State University, Morehead State University, University of Louisville, Northern Kentucky University and Western will attend.

“[Budget cuts] could mean maybe a double-digit percentage increase in tuition,” SGA president Jamie Sears said.

Sears said SGA will begin with an e-mail campaign encouraging students to write or e-mail their legislators.

Northern Kentucky University SGA president Katie Herschede said NKU will also have an e-mail campaign. Herschede said she expects NKU to be well represented at the rally.

“We’re hoping to take over 100,” Herschede said. “Participating in this effort is going to be absolutely critical.”

Sears said that students should dress casually for the trip, and, if all goes well, they won’t have to worry about missing class to attend the rally.

SGA will be asking faculty to excuse students wanting to attend the rally from classes.

President Gary Ransdell said faculty members will deal with each student’s requests as they “deem appropriate.”

Ransdell said he supports students’ decision to head to the capital.

“It’s a good idea for students to be seen and heard in Frankfort,” Ransdell said.

Sears said students who want more information about the rally, including departure times, should log on to their Web site, www.wku.edu/sga.

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