UM System students take their case to Jefferson City

Apr 12, 2013

ASUM students speak with Senator Kurt Schaefer on Thursday April 11, 2013
Credit Bridgit Bowden / KBIA

Legislation for campus capital improvements and student curators are key issues the Associated Students of the University of Missouri brought to legislators at the capitol Thursday.

About 50 students from all four University of Missouri campuses gathered to talk to state legislators at the Make a Stand Rally.

The rally was organized by the Associated Students of the University of Missouri, a group that lobbies for student interests in the legislature.  Abigail Thomas is the legislative director for ASUM.  She says the purpose of the rally is to show legislators what students want.  

“We were hoping to bring a lot of students down to the capitol to be able to show representatives and senators, kind of, students are listening and paying attention to what they’re doing, and kind of show them what our opinions are about a lot of legislation,” Thomas said.

The students met with lawmakers from each of the four geographic locations of the four campuses- Rolla, Saint Louis, Kansas City, and Columbia.  Corbin Evans, ASUM’s executive director, says he is happy to have so many students at the rally.

“We’re really excited to have students representing all four UM system campuses.  I believe this is the first time in several years that that has actually occurred, you know we’ve actually had students from all four universities, which is a pretty exciting piece for us because we do represent all 75,044 students, and so it’s important to have a student voice for each individual campus here today talking to legislators,” Evans said.

ASUM is focused on four main issues this session: bond legislation for capital improvement, student curator legislation, the STEM initiative, and landlord/tenant legislation.