ASNMU Lends an 'Upper Hand'
In an effort to demonstrate that college students care about legislative decisions and how they impact higher education, ASNMU representatives are scheduled to join students from Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State on a road trip to Lansing on Thursday, March 23. They will listen to legislators and watch the decision-making process in action.
The collaboration, which has been named the "Upper Hand," was created by ASNMU. Its title represents Michiganders' habit of using their hands to illustrate locations in the state. President Michelle Cox (pictured) said it is important that the Upper Peninsula's three public universities display a unified front.
“Our geographic location makes it difficult to have a lasting presence in Lansing,” she said. “Although each of our schools is unique and has different needs, we are all fighting the appropriations battle.”
Cox said that the idea for the Upper Hand came during ASNMU’s trip back from the Association of Michigan Universities roundtable luncheon in Lansing in November.
“We realized that we do make a difference, and that it is our job to make sure these legislators hear us and represent our wishes,” she said.
During their trip this month, students plan to visit the offices of representatives Scott Hummel, Tom Casperson, Stephen Adamini and Rich Brown. They will also speak to senators Jason Allen, Mike Goschka and Mike Prusi.
“We invest in our education and we want legislators to do the same,” Cox said. “It is their job to represent us, and we want them to know that we are watching the decisions they make.”