The basement in Brady Commons was a flurry of activity Wednesday as students packed in to eat free Shakespeare’s pizza and write letters to their elected officials asking them to go further in supporting higher education.
The Graduate Professional Council and the Associated Students for the University of Missouri sponsored Write for Higher Education 2007, which encourages students to write letters to their representatives that focused on issues such as dwindling state support for higher education, House Bill 213 that is known as the “Intellectual Diversity Act,” student loan interest rates and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
“This is really a great opportunity for students to tell their elected officials what higher education issues are important to them,” Damon Ferlazzo, national issues coordinator of the Graduate Professional Council, said.
This was the second letter-writing attempt by the two campus groups, and Ferlazzo said that he expected as many as 300 students to come and write letters; about 100 students participated last year.
“Students are disappointed with the level of support by the government,” Ferlazzo said. “They’d really like to see higher education be a greater priority in Jeff City.”
Students are mainly calling for more funding for higher education, Ferlazzo said.
MU sociology student Kelley Robinson, 21, came to Brady to write a letter because she was “concerned with the state of higher education.”
“It’s important to me, to all students, really,” she said, “because if funds for higher education decrease, my — our — tuition increases.”