SUNY Students Speak Up

March 11, 2013 Updated Mar 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM EDT

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SUNY Students Speak Up

March 11, 2013 Updated Mar 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM EDT

The State University of New York Student Assembly met in Albany in Buffalo last Tuesday to bring awareness to major student issues.

The day was part of a larger effort coordinated by the SUNY Student Assembly.

In response, a rally was hosted at U.B. followed by a phone bank, and meetings were help between students and state legislators at the capital in Albany. Bother advocacy efforts were focused at reaching out to student's state legislators to voice their opinion on the state's role in higher education.

The Student Assembly's statewide push is centered around an annual legislative agenda on what is seen as top priorities for students in NY. This year included:

-The full funding of SUNY's three medical centers
-Increasing community college based state aid
-reforming the community college charge-back system
-Reinstating the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

“This was an important day for the students of New York,” said President Kevin Rea of the SUNY Student Assembly and voting member of the SUNY Board of Trustees. “We are making sure that students get the representation in Albany that they deserve." When questioned on the timing of this event, President Rea responded: "We chose to make this major push on 'National Public Higher Education Day' because we wanted to make sure we were heard. We went to our legislators and said it was time for their record to match their rhetoric on higher education .”