College students rally against budget cuts

So many students packed the capitol rotunda. Some were told to leave.

But students took their cries and complaints to all three levels of the capitol.

Students from UK, U of L, Eastern, NKU, Morehead and others say they’re speaking out against a proposed 6.4 percent cut to higher education.

“Which is unthinkable. We are losing money every year. And we need it back,” said Morehead student Tyler Mullins.

Some question current proposals to spend more in corrections and Medicaid, yet cut colleges and universities.

“Rather than limiting support for higher ed, we should make an investment in human capital,” said UK Student President Micah Fielden.

Some also came here to question, if not protest, the current move to possibly add state support to another state university, the University of Pikeville.

“Because Morehead State serves the exact same service region. We serve 2,000 students from that area; that’s a fifth of our enrollment every year,” said Mullins.

Those assembled may be competitors on the court or field, yet today their shouts and chants were of the same concern. Many fear more cuts will cause them to pay more.

“I can barely afford the tuition now. Increasing it would be a huge problem for me,” said EKU Student Jeremy Ray.

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