Southeastern students to participate in ‘Higher Ed Day at the Legislature' on February 24
Friday, February 19, 2016
by: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND - Students and supporters of Southeastern Louisiana University will join colleagues
from other colleges and universities throughout the state on February 24 for “Higher
Ed Day at the Legislature,” a demonstration of unity in the face of possible major
cuts to higher education budgets.
Scheduled at noon on the steps of the Capitol in Baton Rouge, the demonstration is being sponsored by the Council of Student Body Presidents (COSBP), which recently expressed its concerns in a resolution urging state leaders to provide financial resources and greater support for higher education.
“We are encouraging as many students, alumni and other supporters to be a part of this effort that will call attention to the rising costs of public post-secondary education for students and the declining support from the state over the past seven years,” said Southeastern Student Government Association President Alexis Quackenbush.
She said SGA has obtained use of a shuttle bus and is hoping to arrange car pools and additional transportation for other participants. Students interested in riding the shuttle can sign-up on the SGA website (southeastern.edu/admin/sga/). News about the event can be followed on social media via #BringHEAT of #LAHigherEd.
COSPB has asked participants to “wear red for higher ed” in a show of solidarity.
The rally is entitled “Bring H.E.A.T.” – an acronym for “Bring Higher Education All Together – and will include brief comments from alumni representatives, current students, high school students and others, including legislators and business representatives. Adding to the event will be the Southern University Marching Band, the “Human Juke Box.”
Inside the Capitol, representatives of the various universities and systems will be staffing tables intended to provide additional information for the public and legislators.