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MAP grant rally set Oct. 26 at state Capitol

October 22, 2011

Photo of a previous MAP grant rally in Springfield.NIU’s Student Association will host a March on Springfield Lobby Day.

Marchers will protest cuts to funding of MAP grants and other areas impacting NIU, including faculty and staff pensions and the university’s operating budget.

Transportation to and from the event will be provided by the Student Association; the Student Association has requested faculty are understanding of students who travel to Springfield to meet with legislators Wednesday.

“This is a great way to put a face to the problem – having students on the steps of the Capitol being vocal against the state’s continual attacks on higher education,” said Austin Quick, speaker of the senate.

“All of us are affected by the proposed cuts – faculty, staff and most certainly students. No matter if you are talking about MAP grant funding or staff pensions, all of it will have an impact on the education that NIU is able to provide students for generations to come,” Quick added. “At a time when the state has increased our income taxes and fees, we are ready to fight for more funding for higher education.”

“Lawmakers in Illinois have continually attacked funding for higher education as a way to combat the state’s budget crisis, and it’s time to put a stop to it,” said Elliot Echols, president of the Student Association. “Without an educated workforce, who will be left to pick up the bill for the wasteful spending that has gone on for so long?”

All NIU students are encouraged to contact the Student Association office at (815) 753-0483 to sign up to attend the event. Student Association leaders are hoping that hundreds of students will attend.