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BY DI READERS | MARCH 26, 2013 5:00 AM

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Advocate for affordable education

Fellow Hawkeyes, you have the unique opportunity to advocate for an affordable education.

On April 2, the Hawkeye Caucus, UI Student Government, and the Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students will travel to the State Capitol to speak with our legislators about the proposed tuition freeze. Currently, in-state undergraduate students pay $6,678 a year for their education; it is crucial that in-state students do not see an increase in tuition. An education at a public university should be affordable to all residents of the state. We need your help to advocate for the tuition freeze.

Students are the University of Iowa’s most valuable assets, and it is important that we communicate that to our legislators. The greatest way we can share our commitment for our university is through action. We are asking students to come to Des Moines with us on April 2 to share their personal stories as University of Iowa students. Our message will resonate because we, the students, are the greatest example of all of the good that the UI does.

A valuable public education should be an affordable one. As native Iowans, and students of the university, you should not be burdened with massive amounts of debt after graduation. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to speak for yourself and take an active role in making the tuition freeze happen.

Join the cause and attend Hawkeye Caucus Day at the Capitol on April 2. Please like our group on Facebook at Facebook.com/UIHawkeyeCaucus and follow us on Twitter @Hawkeyecaucus and also visit www.hawkeyecaucus.com for more information.

Go Hawks.

Nic Pottebaum, Joelle Brown, and Andrew Bates
UISG members

RE: ‘Tilly: The long, disgusting road’

Well put. There are many, shall we say legacies, that naturally become a foundation for our present lifestyle but are actually not good for us and our environment and need to go. It is time to move forward.

The quicksand legacy that concerns me most is how we generate electric and steam power — largely with coal. The life cycle of coal is incredibly horrific and like the cigarette pollution and corn syrup/sugar pollution mentioned in this article, the sooner we wake up, shake the glaze from our eyes, and stand together for change, and demand help and leadership from our leaders, the better.

Sadly, we have many windbags that jump at the opportunity to rain on our proactive, progressive parades — resulting in a vision for a better, safer, healthier future that is “ahead of its time.”

Sooner or later, we will regain control of this ship. Until then, those of us actively fighting the eye-glaze can focus on our own lives and daily choices and maybe even realize the opportunities that await a citizen lobbyist.

Zach Carter

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