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