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March 26, 2012
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Rally and Send-Off of Students for Bulldog Lobby Day at the MN State Capitol

Who: UMD Students
What: Bulldog Lobby Day, Send-Off to the Twin Cities and MN State Capitol
When: Wednesday, Mar. 28, 7:15 a.m.
Where: UMD Kirby Plaza Bus Hub Entrance

Approximately 75 University of Minnesota Duluth students will depart the Kirby Plaza Bus Hub with a send-off from Champ, UMD Vice Chancellor of Student Life Lisa Erwin, and UMD Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Andrea Schokker.

The rally will begin at 7:15 a.m. with a light breakfast. At 7:40, student leader Jason Reid will speak followed by Erwin and Schokker. The students will board the buses by 8 a.m. to attend Bulldog Lobby Day at the Minnesota State Capitol where they will speak about the importance of UMD's proposed American Indian Learning Resource Center (AILRC) and about other issues confronting college students. The AILRC is part of the U of MN bonding bill request to legislators.

"The UMD Student Legislative Coalition is putting forth great efforts in organizing Bulldog Lobby Day for all students to have the opportunity to speak with Representatives and Senators about issues concerning students," said Reid. "Our main focuses are concerns with tuition hikes and never ending increases of student debt of which last May 2011 surpassed total credit card debt in the United States. We will also be showing support for the AILRC as it is important to all UMD students and the Duluth community. This is an important event for students to attend to show that they truly care about their education in speaking to their legislators. Legislators also really enjoy seeing students coming down to see them."

Bulldog Lobby Day at the Minnesota State Capitol ensures students have a voice in decisions made by the Minnesota State legislator, and about issues directly affecting them.

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