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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Wednesday, September 15, 2004

    Students: Please vote. The pocketbook you save may be your own 

    The day the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education issued its biannual report card and gave Ohio its usual ``F'' on the affordability of its advanced education, Terry McAuliffe found himself in the right place before the right audience.

    The Democratic National Committee Chairman, McAuliffe visited Kent State University Tuesday, drawn in part by old activism (May 4) and new.

    ``A lot of people say Kent's a very apathetic community,'' McAuliffe told Daily Kent Stater reporter Beth Rankin. ``I don't think that's a stereotype that holds anymore.''

    What does hold today is educational funding system that puts more and more pressure on colleges and students as state funding dries up and federal money goes elsewhere (Iraq, for instance).

    ``Why are we taking away your education money?'' McAuliffe asked the crowd of mostly Kent students. ``We should be giving you more.''

    Instead, tuition at both Kent and the University of Akron has increased nearly 10 percent from a year ago.

    What students can do, McAuliffe suggested, is to vote. And there are increasingly positive signs that young people will do just that on Nov. 2 at a rate that ``will far eclipse the low-water mark of four years ago.''

    ``It is a disgrace,'' Rankin quoted McAuliffe as saying, ``that 23 million young people didn't vote last time.''

    The only possible excuse was that students were too busy working to earn tuition money. There is another way to get college money: Vote for it.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 10:44 AM

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