Students Rally for the University of Minnesota
Posted by Pengxeu Thao '15, Roseville on Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014
On Thursday, March 27, students from the University of Minnesota, Morris traveled to the Minnesota state capitol to participate in the Support the U Day Rally. Morris students represented the campus by speaking with state legislators and representatives about the importance of funding undergraduate education.
“Support the U day is the one chance for Morris students to actually go down to the Twin Cities and talk to legislators about our concerns,” says Minnesota Student Legislative Coalition (MSLC) member Isaac Kaplan ’15, Saint Paul. “With this event, we can remind them that we are here and we care about the school.”
Students from all five University of Minnesota campuses attended a briefing with University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler highlighting the importance of student voices and their role in funding education. Students then met with more than 55 legislators at the capitol. There, they addressed the University of Minnesota’s 2014 Capital Request, a series of University-wide investment proposals for buildings and infrastructure.
Among the projects affecting the Morris campus was Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement (HEAPR), a system-wide effort to improve safety, accessibility, utility infrastructure, and energy efficiency in University buildings. Knowing the implications of increased funding, students advocated legislators to support the Capital Request in full. During each meeting, students demonstrated their leadership skills and campus representation by offering personal stories and sharing specific campus concerns.
“Having the chance to talk directly with our legislators about important issues affecting our school like funding for our buildings and disability accessibility was a great experience,” says Emma Zapchenk ’17, Shoreview. “Telling them our own personal experiences and why these issues matter to us shows the passion that Morris students have.”
HEAPR is one of six capital investment projects approved by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. More information is available at govrelations.umn.edu/capital-request.html.