GVSU students gather in Lansing to advocate for higher education

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Students from Grand Valley will be joining students from other Michigan public universities to rally support for the allocation of more funding for higher education on Thursday, March 24, in Lansing, from noon-3 p.m.

The Student Association of Michigan, an advocacy group for Michigan’s students of higher education, and the student governments at each public university are hosting the rally, “Lansing Blitz.” Students will rally on the Capitol steps, visit legislators, and be recognized in both the Michigan House and Senate sessions to send a message to their elected leaders. According to the Facebook event page, more than 1,000 students plan on attending.

“There is growing student frustration with the lack of investment in higher education,” said Trevor Tenbrink, Grand Valley Student Senate vice president of political affairs. “The Blitz will be a fantastic opportunity for Grand Valley students to voice their opinions regarding Gov. Snyder’s proposed budget cuts and express their disappointment.”

Students interested in attending the rally can register at http://rally.mistudents.org.

For more information, contact Grand Valley News and Information Services at (616) 331-2221 or Natalie Cleary, vice president of public relations at Grand Valley’s Student Senate, at clearyn@mail.gvsu.edu.