Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MARCH 01, 2011 7:20 AM

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Lobby for education

State funding was cut 21 percent over the last year for the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa. While all of Iowa’s public universities received cuts, none was as severe as the one for this university.

Lawmakers are looking to cut another 6 to 10 percent in funding this year. This budget cut will affect students and student organizations by forcing the university to cut programs, enlarge class sizes, and continue increasing tuition year after year. One of the ways to prevent further cuts is to go to the Capitol and speak to legislators.

The UI Student Government is offering an opportunity for students interested in having their voices heard to travel to Des Moines on March 7 for Regents Day. The purpose of Regents Day is to bring UI, Iowa State, and Northern Iowa students together at the Capitol to meet with state lawmakers and encourage them to support funding for our public universities.

If budget cuts are affecting you or your student organization, consider coming to Regents Day to protect the quality and affordability of our university.

There will be a mandatory meeting at 7 p.m. today in 348 IMU. At this meeting, the schedule for the day will be presented and more information about Regents Day will be given. Facts about budget cuts will also be presented so every student feels confidant speaking on the topic. Buses will leave Iowa City at 9 a.m., with one returning in the afternoon and the other returning at 6 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Brittany Caplin
UI student

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