Students unite for Rally in the Rotunda
On Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at 2:30 p.m., the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (CCSG), which represents the student governments of 19 Penn State locations, and Penn State students from across the Commonwealth will rally on the steps of the Rotunda in Harrisburg, Pa.
The CCSG organized this event for the past several years in response to cuts in state appropriations for higher education and the resulting escalation of tuition rates at state-related universities. According to Sing Wong, CCSG governmental affairs director, the rally "serves to promote student awareness, helps to show legislators the solid base of student voters, allows students to get involved in the university community, provides a form of support for the Penn State appropriations request, and overall, helps to provide a chance to create a better Penn State." The CCSG has also invited students from Temple, Pittsburg, and Lincoln as well as representatives from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to support the March 20 event.
This year, the CCSG passed a resolution to persuade more students to attend the rally. The resolution encourages faculty to excuse students from classes in order to attend the Rally in the Rotunda. Students excused from class are responsible for making up any missed work and must be accounted for by an attendance log drawn up by each campus’s SGA to be submitted to each College Faculty Senate.
For more information on the rally, contact the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Student Government Office at 570-675-9287.