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Mankato student leaders to walk to St. Paul

There are 22 comments on the story from May 14, 2010, titled Mankato student leaders to walk to St. Paul. In it, reports that:

When Tom Williams and Brett Anderson campaigned for the Minnesota State University Student Association, they talked the talk about fighting higher tuition and lower state funding for higher education.

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Saint Paul, MN

#22 May 20, 2010
Tom Williams wrote:
As one of the students on the walk I'm glad to see that people are paying attention. I will be addressing all the critics so be patient:
First St.Paul TheNewDetroit: I agree it's time the state looks at this option seriously. By keeping every campus open while decreasing funding it sets the whole system up for failure.
Gramps: First, I am truly offended that you would generalize the student population. I pay for my education from my own pocket by working upwards of 30 hours a week while maintaining full-time student status and devoting 15-20 hours a week in student government. If you can find time to work in a social life I would gladly appreciate your advice. And I am certainly not the exception. In 1970, a student would have had to work 4 hours per week at minimum wage to pay for tuition, now they have to work 20 hours per week and this isn't including room/board, families, or any other expenses they have. There are 15,000 students at Mankato alone, come check to see if they are all at the bars or partying.
Ron Reagan: Mankato has been in a pay freeze since last year and this past year we lost 80 professors due to budget cuts. I do agree with their salaries, what I don't agree with is tenure in its current form. We have advocated to our administration, the IFO (faculty union), and legislators for tenure review. This would still guarantee their position but with the caveat of passing their review every number of years.
MSU Alum: Driving to the Capitol only goes so far. Would we have received the attention if we simply drove?
The reality is that if the state wants economic growth it has to fund higher education. For every $1 dollar the state invests in higher ed. it receives almost $11 back. Plus an educated work force creates a larger tax-base; on average those with a college diploma will earn roughly $1 million more in a lifetime than those with only a high school education. Furthermore, during an economic recession enrollment to colleges and universities increases, meaning that higher ed. is responsible for retraining the unemployed. New/small businesses and innovation predominately are results of a highly educated work force.
In response to your comment about the social work program, should the College of Education be cut as well? Potentially the law enforcement program? Maybe the public administration program? All of these graduates will be employed by the government, and according to Gramps students are just gamblers and drunkards so why even fund education? My point being, take away your personal vendetta against certain programs to truly become educated on the work and services they provide. It's social workers that will remove the abused child from the home, work with special ed. students in the schools, help families with children who have attempted suicide or struggling with depression, and help families looking to adopt. Do those sound like lazy people?
Finally, I never saw you on Monday?
I make no apologies for my comments "Tom" as I spoke reality. I occassionally sit at the casino and have talked with many of the students from the colleges. I do pat you on the back if you are one of the few who do work and are paying their own way through college as I have two grand-daughters who currently are doing the same thing. You also mentioned the 1970's which happened to be when I tried using my GI Bill at the U of M and well know how things were back then, but I was married and had 6 children and worked full time to make ends meet even with the help of my GI benefits. I won't carry on any further other to say I have full-filled two careers along with my education and have the knowledge and experience to speak out.
Jonny on the Spot

Mankato, MN

#23 Jun 1, 2010
Gramps - if you are going to make the assumption that all college kids do is go to casinos (since I you talk to them there).... well I think we should do away with all benefits for seniors. They'll just gamble them away anyways. Because all they do is go to casinos. I'm pretty certain if you were to survey the population at a casino at any one point in time, your group would far outweigh the the college kids.

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