UConn students rally in response to Republican-led state budget

STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) –At first glance it looks like a good old fashioned pep rally at the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs.

Students gathered in the field house, the pep band playing, but the signs held by students, not reading “Go Huskies,” but invest in our future and save UConn.

Aaron Embacher is a senior, who said, “We just recently came out and were ranked 18th in public universities and I think there’s a reason why, it is because we keep on putting money into our education system.”

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There were about 500 students in all, led by Irma Balberde who is the class president, united in their message to the General Assembly.

“We are not oblivious that the state is not in the best financial situation, but we don’t think it should fall on the backs of families and students here in Connecticut to resolve that,” Balberde stated.

Students spoke with passion and heart. Dan Byrd, a UConn Law Student said an investment in the UConn system is an investment in Connecticut.

“I think UConn is the biggest economic driver of development in the state. We are the ones they go out into the workforce, we are the ones that drive revenue and up paying the taxes for all the services the elderly get,” he explained.

There were similar rallies at the UConn health center in Farmington and Hartford campuses.

 

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