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Support the U Day rally to be held at State Capitol Feb. 7

What: Support the U Day rally
When: 12 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7
Where: State Capitol Rotunda

Contacts: Julie Christensen, University News Service,, (612) 626-1720

February 5, 2013

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents will join President Eric Kaler and students from the U’s five campuses at the State Capitol between noon and 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. The annual student-organized “Support the U Day” will allow participants to rally in the Capitol Rotunda and urge legislators’ support for a proposed two-year tuition freeze for resident undergraduate students.

The freeze is part of the university’s biennial budget request, which also commits the university to save $28 million in operating costs and meet performance and accountability measures. The request also provides $18 million in recurring funding to establish the Minnesota Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy (MnDRIVE) fund. MnDRIVE aims to advance research that helps Minnesota companies enhance leadership in environmentally sound mining and industry; robotics, sensors and advanced manufacturing; securing the global food supply; and the treatment of brain conditions.

The regents, selected by the Minnesota Legislature, hail from all parts of the state: Chair Linda Cohen of Minnetonka; Vice Chair David Larson of Wayzata; Clyde Allen of Moorhead; Richard Beeson of St. Paul; Laura Brod of New Prague; Thomas Devine of Chanhassen; John Frobenius of St. Cloud; Venora Hung of Golden Valley; Dean Johnson of Willmar; David McMillan of Duluth; Maureen Ramirez of Mendota Heights; and Patricia Simmons of Rochester.

Gov. Mark Dayton, Sen. Terri Bonoff and Rep. Gene Pelowski have been invited to address the Capitol rally, along with Kaler.

The event is organized by members of the Minnesota Student Legislative Coalition (MSLC). Transportation is provided to and from the Capitol, with shuttle buses running between Coffman Memorial Union and the Capitol’s front steps.  

The day’s events are as follows:
11 a.m. – Registration, Capitol Rotunda
12 p.m. – Rally, Capitol Rotunda
12:30 p.m. – Lunch, Capitol Great Hall
1-3 p.m. – Meetings with legislators
1-3 p.m. – Discover the U exhibits, Capitol rotunda

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