Students Can Make A Difference At Capital Day
Worried about increase in tuition, appropriation cuts, and future decisions that will effect Penn State University? Register now to attend Penn State Capital Day next Tuesday, April 5, in Harrisburg and get your opinions heard. Attending the event is a University sanctioned excused absence, so anyone is allowed to miss classes (and even exams) in order to participate.
Capital Day is organized by the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (CCSG), the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA), and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) with the purpose of bringing together Penn State students, supporters, and state legislators. Registration for this year’s event has already doubled last year’s attendance, with numbers increasing every day.
Compared to other efforts to make student voices heard on these issues, participating in Capital Day is the most effective way to take action and see results. There is no comparison to the value of conversing face to face with the people who make these types of decisions, rather than say marching in front of Old Main. For those of you who are really pumped up about said marches, have no fear! Your attendance at Capital Day will be deemed worthy by your standards with the “Rally In The Rotunda” at 12pm.
Students from all campuses are encouraged to attend, and will combine with other Penn State advocates to form groups that will have scheduled meetings with various legislators throughout the day. These meetings provide the opportunity to explain why Penn State needs an increase in their state-allocated appropriations, and give personal examples of everyday lifestyles of Penn State students. Our university will benefit most from sending a diverse group of students from every college, student organization, and campus, to represent the wide range of needs we have.
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“As we work together to make the impact as least disruptive as possible to our students and employees, we strongly urge Congress and the president to end this impasse.”
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