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Nine General Assembly Members To Participate In Legislative Forum On Virginia Public Higher Education

October 1, 2003 -- On Wednesday, Oct. 8, the Legislative Affairs Committee of Student Council will sponsor a legislative forum on higher education from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in Newcomb Hall Theater. The University community will have the opportunity to question nine members of the Virginia General Assembly on the condition and future of public higher education in the Commonwealth.

Student Council has organized the event in an effort to facilitate dialogue between legislators and University students. “I hope that the legislators come to understand how their votes directly impact Virginia students — our future depends on the choices they make today,” said Alex Stolar, chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee.

Stolar also hopes to encourage students to take an active role in the political process. “It is important for college students to be involved in state politics because the future of Virginia is at stake. Today’s General Assembly, in many respects, holds the key to a prosperous Commonwealth in the future,” he said.

The Legislative Affairs Committee of Student Council represents the concerns of U.Va. students to local, state, and federal legislative bodies. The committee also participates in the Virginia Student Leadership Alliance, which coordinates public policy positions among students at colleges and universities in the Commonwealth.

The members of the General Assembly that will be in attendance are:

  • Sen. Charles J. Colgan (D-29th District)
  • Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-25th District)
  • Del. Robert B. Bell (R-58th District)
  • Del. L. Preston Bryant, Jr. (R-23rd District)
  • Del. John A. Cosgrove (R-78th District)
  • Del. James H. Dillard II (R-41st District)
  • Del. R. Steven Landes (R-25th District)
  • Del. Thomas Davis Rust (R-86th District)
  • Del. Mitchell Van Yahres (D-57th District)

For information regarding the legislative forum, contact Alex Stolar at 434-243-1372 or aws2y@virginia.edu. The U.Va. Student Council may be found on the Internet at http://www.uvastudentcouncil.com

Contact: Carol Wood, (434) 924-1400

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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