Southeast Students Prepare to “Storm the Capitol”

Southeast Missouri State University students will travel to Jefferson City on Wednesday, Feb. 18, for the 2nd annual Student Lobbying Day, known as “Storm the Capitol.” Students will gather and leave from the university at 6 a.m. At the Missouri State Capitol, they will meet with Southeast Missouri legislators, as well as state-wide leaders and officials with the Missouri Department of Higher Education.

Students plan to visit with their legislators about issues affecting their parents, their institutions and the higher education community. These issues include: opposing any changes to the funding of financial aid programs in Missouri, which would alter the amount of funding for one program at the cost of reducing or eliminating another; supporting a change to the state statutes to grant voting privileges to students representatives on all college and university governing boards; protecting Social Security number identity by prohibiting the public display of Social Security numbers on campus identification cards, grade posting or other university documentation that could be accessed by anyone other than a university faculty or staff member; and supporting increased funding for programs that would increase the availability and convenience of voter registration and voting processes for college students.

Governor Bob Holden plans to address the students at 1 p.m.

Students can complete a registration card in the Student Government office, or register online at http://www.studentassociationofmissouri.org. All are encouraged to participate in talking to legislators about higher education issues, and to take advantage of the opportunity to network.