Students to join in rally on Capitol steps

Students from Southeastern and surrounding Louisiana universities will be coming together on the steps of the State Capitol in Baton Rouge to share their voice for higher education. After the news of major possible budget cuts towards higher education, the Council of Student Body Presidents decided to sponsor the upcoming demonstration at the Legislature on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at noon.

“Every school in the state will be attending and will have someone in attendance,” said Student Government Association president Alexis Quackenbush. “Every president of SGA will be there. Every school is really rallying together and joining forces. We can’t think of us as separate. We have to think of ourselves as a whole for higher education.”

The rally is entitled “Bring H.E.A.T.,” which stands for “Bring Higher Education All Together.” 

The rally will include addresses from students, representatives of business, legislator and more. The Southern University Marching Band will also perform.

Additional information will also be provided by university and system representatives inside the Capitol during the demonstration. 

SGA will provide limited free transportation from campus to the Capitol on the day of the event. The shuttle will leave campus at 10:30 a.m. and return approximately at 2:30 p.m. Those who attend with SGA, will be provided with a box lunch and a spirit t-shirt. 

“SGA feels that students would be more inclined to attend if there was an accessible way for them to get to the capital,” said Quackenbush. “If there’s already a free shuttle, they don’t have to pay for lunch or gas. It is important to get students there and if we hosted a shuttle they are more inclined to attend.”

Students can sign up for the shuttle at the SGA office in the Student Union, Room 2307 or through the link found on the SGA website. SGA can be contacted at 985-549-2296. 

All are encouraged to meet on the Capitol steps and to wear Southeastern apparel or red for H.E.A.T. 

The demonstration will provide an opportunity for students to show their support for higher education.

“It is important for students to go to this rally to show the legislature and the state that higher education is important to us and we want them to know and make our voice heard,” said Quackenbush. “We can write them and call them, but until we actually show a presence and make it known, they won’t get the point. So anyone who cares about higher education should show them by attending this rally.”