"Students Day at the Legislature" will include ASG members and students from across the state who will meet with state senators and representatives to discuss three issues that affect the UNC system -- a student vote on the UNC-system Board of Governors, faculty salary increases and more funding for need-based financial aid.
ASG President Andrew Payne said the purpose of the rally is also to support BOG recommendations that will be presented to the General Assembly during the upcoming legislative session.
But Charles Lawley III, N.C. State University ASG delegate and the event's organizer, said the issue of the BOG student vote will be pushed the hardest. "It gives one student the chance to represent all students at a higher level," Lawley said.
Under current state law, the president of the ASG has a seat on the BOG but is not allowed to vote.
ASG Vice President Liz Gardner said that a student vote on the BOG would help add legitimacy to student governments.
Lawley said the N.C. State Board of Trustees already has passed a resolution that will support the student vote. He added that members of boards of trustees on other campuses are discussing similar resolutions. In April 1999, an effort to gain a student vote on the BOG died in a Senate committee.
And finding support for the two other initiatives might prove difficult because of the state's almost $500 million deficit.
Payne said that now is a good time for these initiatives to be proposed because of the strong support of the $3.1 billion higher education bond that passed with 74 percent of the vote in last year's election.
"In order to recruit and retain the best faculty, universities need more money," Gardner said.