It's no secret that University of Louisville officials lobby legislators in Frankfort. So, maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that the University of Louisville's Office of Communications and Marketing is promoting a political rally at the state capitol. It does make me wonder how much University resources are spent trying to convince the state to spend more money at UofL.
Here's the notice sent by the communications office:
Rally for Higher Education - rescheduled event
UofL students, faculty and staff will leave for Frankfort on Tuesday, Feb. 23, to participate in the Rally for Higher Education. (This event was to be held Feb. 9 but had to be rescheduled due to the snowstorm.)
The buses leave at 12:30 p.m. from the circle area between the Student Activities Center and the Floyd Street parking garage (attendees arrive at noon)
The rally will begin on the capitol steps at 2:30 p.m.
U of L is not alone. Here is a similar news release from Kentucky Community and Technical College System:
February 22, 2010
Kentucky Community and Technical College System
KCTCS TO RALLY AT THE CAPITOL
More than 900 Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) students, employees and supporters will rally at two events at the state capitol rotunda in Frankfort on Thursday, February 25.
· Indoor rally begins at 1:30 p.m. with KCTCS President Michael B. McCall speaking to the crowd.
· Governor Steve Beshear will attend the rally and address the crowd as he issues a proclamation to designate February 25, 2010 as Kentucky Community and Technical College System Day in Kentucky.
· Outdoor rally begins at 2 p.m. in front of the capitol with hundreds of students and stakeholders participating.
· Everyone is invited to attend both rallies and hear the voices of KCTCS supporters from across the Commonwealth. These voices represent more than 8,000 people who have signed the KCTCS petition in support of keeping higher education accessible to grow our economy and to help Kentuckians find high-wage, high-growth jobs.