The General Administration rejected ASG President Atul Bhula’s request to use part of the association’s annual $1 student fee to pay for buses.
The association is composed of student leaders from the 17 system institutions. Members meet monthly at different UNC-system campuses.
Bhula contacted student body presidents Wednesday to tell them permission to fund the busses had been denied.
TJ Eaves, student body president of Western Carolina University, said that the news came as a shock.
“I walked out of (Saturday’s) meeting 99 percent sure that we were going to be able to do this.”
Funding the trip to Chapel Hill from Western North Carolina will be difficult, Eaves said.
He said he hopes other student body presidents will still try to mobilize students to attend the meeting, but he realizes that many student governments won’t have the money to do it.
Eaves said he’s willing to use WCU’s student government’s budget to support student-involvement in the tuition decision.
Lauren Estes, Appalachian State University student body president, said she understands that ASG was not created to act politically, but the conversation has changed with tuition.
She said ASU won’t be able to fund busing for students to the meeting in Chapel Hill, but she plans to attend with some members of the university’s student government.
Members of the Education Justice Alliance, who plan to attend the meeting, said they are looking into other alternatives to get students to the meeting.
The group has been working with the N.C. Defend Education Alliance, which includes students from 11 different schools, to bring students to the meeting.
Zaina Alsous, a junior at UNC-CH and member of Education Justice Alliance, said she’s willing to drive students to the meeting herself.
“The Board of Governors (meeting) is affecting all North Carolina university students,” she said. “It’s hours away for other students.”
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