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State Council of Student Body Presidents meet at Northwestern State
Nov 09, 2011 | 947 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A delegation of about 70 student leaders met at Northwestern State University last weekend working primarily to create a bill to protect proposed cuts to Pell Grant programs. The bill was crafted by the Legislative and Academic Affairs committee of the Louisiana Council of Student Body Presidents, chaired by Tara Luck, Northwestern State’s Student Government Association president. The COSBP represents over 214,000 higher education students statewide.

“My committee had to write emergency legislation to address the possible elimination of Pell Grant funding,” Luck said. “We talked a lot about how many students in Louisiana rely on those funds for their education.”

The bill voices student support for Save Student Aid!, a campaign to prevent cuts to federal student aid packages. The social media campaign urges students to contact lawmakers before federal spending cuts are finalized.

Luck serves as appointed chair of the COSBP Legislative and Academic Affairs Committee, which plays a role in presenting information to the Board of Regents, the board that coordinates all public higher education in Louisiana. Members of the committee serve as advocates for students on issues that could affect higher education policy.

The response Luck and her colleagues crafted outlines the importance of Pell Grant funding as a tool for economic development in Louisiana and its importance to students, particularly low income and minority students.

Luck said they expect response from university presidents from throughout Louisiana to rally their student bodies in protest of proposed cuts.

In other business addressed during the COABP executive and committee planning meeting, Luck learned she and other student body presidents have been invited by Sen. Mary Landrieu to meet Republican presidential hopefuls in New Hampshire Jan. 3-6, 2012, and will tour the White House and sites on Capital Hill in March 2012.

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