UWS Student Body President Disappointed with Gov. Walker in Superior

By KBJR News 1

UWS Student Body President Disappointed with Gov. Walker in Superior

June 6, 2013 Updated Jun 6, 2013 at 10:33 AM CST

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is in Superior today, discussing the University of Wisconsin System tuition freeze.

However, UWS Student Body President, Graham Garfield, says he is disappointed that the Governor refused to meet with him.

The governor reportedly told Garfield that the request was too last minute to accommodate.

Below is a letter sent out by the Student Body President.

"I am extremely disappointed that Governor Walker has come to visit our campus and has refused to meet with our student government leadership. We are the elected representatives of this student body and it is an insult to the students that he has refused to meet with us and discuss his budget proposal.

If he had met with me to discuss the budget, I would have asked him to use his veto pen and remove two of the most egregious attacks on student rights ever put forth in Wisconsin. First off, the budget passed by the Joint Finance Committee includes a freeze on all segregated fees, which represents a clear violation of the state statutes that give students the rights to collect and spend fees for activities.

Secondly, the JFC also eliminated the funding for the United Council of UW-Students, a nonpartisan student-led non-profit that has worked with student rights since 1960.

And finally, I would have asked the Governor how he expects UW-Superior to continue to provide a quality education when they have no reserve to fall back on. These three issues signify a massive surprise attack on student rights and university autonomy, seriously jeopardizing the future of higher education in Wisconsin."

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
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