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U students rally for affordability at Capitol

Posted by: Jenna Ross Updated: February 22, 2011 - 1:50 PM

The University of Minnesota students and leaders rallied at the Capitol today, touting the U's role in driving the state's economy and asking for continued funding despite a grim budget.

The rally was smaller than that held last week by students in the state's other public higher education system, MnSCU. I counted about 100 students.

Students and legislators who spoke said funding the U would help keep tuition affordable. Congressman Keith Ellison argued that higher education is a social good.

"If your education benefits society, then society should help pay for your education," he said, to cheering.
A few scenes from the rally:

 

Gov. Dayton spoke at today's rally, held in the Capitol rotunda

Gov. Dayton spoke at today's rally, held in the Capitol rotunda

 

 

In a nod to a recent national rally, students wore shirts that said "Keep higher ed alive"

In a nod to a recent national rally, students wore shirts that said "Keep higher ed alive"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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