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UNI students travel to State Capitol to ask for support

March 24, 2003

Jeff Scudder, president, Northern Iowa Student Government, (319) 273-2650
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students from the University of Northern Iowa were in Des Moines recently for a news conference to hammer home the message that higher education is critical to Iowa's future. The news conference was a joint effort by Iowa's three state universities.

'Iowa is sending the wrong message to its young people by not supporting public education at the level it should,' said Jeff Scudder, president of the Northern Iowa Student Government. 'The message is 'we don't value you,' when it should be 'we want you to be a part of our future.''

Scudder pointed to several trends that he says make higher education increasingly inaccessible to Iowa's youths. For instance, he said, Iowa has drastically cut support to its public universities, shifting the burden to students and their families. He also said student debt is increasing, and that reducing state support to public universities affects the source of the state's future economic strength.

Other UNI students who participated in the lobbying were ___(NAME)___, ___(CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR)___ from ___(HOMETOWN)___.

The Northern Iowa Student Government has organized a series of upcoming lobbying efforts for the spring semester including the Saturday, March 29, legislative forum at AEA-7 in Cedar Falls, 10 a.m. to noon; and the Saturday, April 5, legislative forum at AEA-7 in Cedar Falls, 10 a.m. to noon.

Note: to obtain a list of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319.273.2761.