University of Alaska to Rally at Capitol Steps

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - A noon-time rally to remind legislatures to keep higher education in mind when working out a budget is being held by the University of Alaska on Friday.

    Students, alumni, university officials and legislators will be on the steps of the State Capitol building giving speeches that represent the entire university system.

    Megan Buzby, the Faculty Senate President, talked about the purpose of the rally.

    "It's to provide many perspectives about what the university does for this state, what opportunities it provides, resources that we have. Just some perspective to remind people that we're here and we're working hard and trying to get the word out there.

    Several are slated to speak at the rally.

    "We've got John Pugh, the former UAS Chancellor is going to speak. One of our past representatives. We also have the Student Government President at UAS, Breanna Walker. One of our past alumni. We'll probably have a couple more, but we'll save those for surprises."

    There is also the possibility of the event becoming an annual endeavor.

    "I think that we're maybe going to try to do it annually, this is our first one that I'm aware of that the faculty and the student government have put on, so we might continue to do this in the future."

    A recent JPD press release also confirmed that Fourth Street between Main Street and Seward Street will be closed to vehicular traffic
    during this time.


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