Student Senate Speak

As student leaders we are not only compelled, but obligated to voice our opinions and concerns about state affairs that directly affect our University.

Office of the Student Senate 

As student leaders we are not only compelled, but obligated to voice our opinions and concerns about state affairs that directly affect our University. Governor Romney has proposed a plan for restructunng public higher education that would be a detriment to the education of us and all students, and to the future of our state. We must take a stand against it. 

The Governor has recently called for the students of Massachusetts to support his plan and has come up with few student voices to rally around his cause. We here in Dartmouth are unable to do so, and we urge students across the state to educate themselves and decide if it is in their best interest to join us in our dissent. 

Romney's plan calls for a total dismantling of the UMass system, leaving only the Amherst campus as the flagship University of Massachusetts. This would mean a giant step backwards for UMass Dartmouth, as well as others in our systern. Since joining the UMass system we have grown in many ways and we now exist as one ofthe prernier public institutions in the Northeast. Along with the name "UMass" comes a certain level of prestige and status in the educational community that is unique among public institutions in New England. The advantages that this status has brought to the University have been invaluable in our growth as a school and it would be devastating to lose this. 

In a state renowned for its educational opportunities it is crucial to have more than one quality public institution for its citizens to benefit from, and under this plan it seems as though many of our colleges and universities will fall well below such a status. The Governor has asked the students to hear him on this issue and we have; we now ask Governor Romney and our state legislators to hear us, those who will be affected, when we say that we cannot support this plan. We urge our fellow students and the rest ofthe state to join us in finding a solution to our economic crisis without threatening our futures as students. 
Passed unanimously by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Student Senate, 4/28/03 


Carolina Marcalo
Student Senate President 

Devon MacIver 
Student Senate Vice President 

Ryan Desrosiers 
Student Senate Treasurer 

Justine Waleski 
Student Senate Corresponding Secretary 

Carol-Ann Days 
Student Senate Recording Secretary 


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