About three dozen students from Idaho State University made the three hour trek from Pocatello today to rally against cuts to higher education on the steps of the State Capitol. Though they hoped for participation from other Idaho campuses, only one student each from Boise State and College of Western Idaho joined the protest.
"All of this financial decision making is occurring at the worst time for students," said Tom Briggs, a grad student in secondary education.
Briggs is a senator with the Associated Students of Idaho State University; eight members of the campus student government came to Boise today, including student body president Ross Knight and Sen. Max Pond. The students met with legislators before rallying on the steps.
"It's not my job to come up with a solution for this," Pond said. "It's their job."
After the short rally, the students filed into the Senate Education Committee where they hoped to speak, though they were not on the agenda. Committee Vice Chairman Dean Mortimer welcomed them and thanked them for removing their hats during the hearing.
Briggs said the ISU student government had reached out to Boise State's student leaders, to no avail.
Boise State student body president Trevor Grigg, former head of the College Republicans is running for the Legislature (though he has not yet filed) in Boise's District 18, against Democratic Rep. Phylis King. At a hearing earlier this year, Grigg criticized the "wasteful and unnecessary" layers of administration at universities, but also warned lawmakers that cuts to higher ed translate to higher tuition, according to Idahoreporter.com.