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Beshear to speak at Listen Up Legislators event

by UofL Today last modified Nov 12, 2009 09:17 AM

Gov. Steve Beshear will kick off this year’s Student Government Association’s Listen Up Legislators events with a campus talk Sept. 16.

The talk will be at 11:15 a.m. at the Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library. Beshear will discuss the current higher education agenda and the future of higher education in Kentucky.

Food and the chance to sign petitions in support of government funding for higher education will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ekstrom.

The event is open to faculty, staff and students.

Beshear’s visit is the first Listen Up Legislators event of the school year. The goal of this six-part series is to connect students at UofL with politicians, educators and other government officials who have a direct impact on higher education policy.

SGA president O.J. Oleka said it’s important for students to attend the discussion on higher education because it “will include them in the process.”

“The cost of higher education affects us all,” Oleka said. “This is an opportunity to take part in these discussions.”

Blake Christopher, SGA’s student advocate, organized Beshear’s visit to UofL. He said bringing Beshear to campus for Listen Up Legislators makes the activities legitimate in the eyes of students.

“We just want to get students more involved,” Christopher said.

Oleka also encouraged faculty and staff to attend Beshear’s talk and other Listen Up Legislator events. He said students recognize that budget cuts are affecting their professors and other UofL employees too.

“We’re all in this together,” Oleka said.

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