Hoosiers for Higher Education Rally at the Statehouse

"Tell your story" was the theme of Tuesday's Hoosiers for Higher Education rally at the Statehouse.

  • Onlookers at HHE rally

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    IU supporters wait to hear IU dignitaries and state legislators speak on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the Indiana Statehouse. The front row was reserved for trustees and other IU officials.

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    IU President Michael McRobbie awaits his turn at the podium during Tuesday's Statehouse rally held by the group Hoosiers for Higher Education.

  • McRobbie speaks to HHE

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    IU President Michael McRobbie addressed a crowd of more than 500 people - mostly IU students from all eight campuses - at the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday for the Hoosiers for Higher Education rally.

  • HHE Statehouse crowd

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    A record crowd of more than 500 people at the Hoosiers for Higher Education rally on Tuesday filled the Indiana Statehouse's North Atrium to hear IU dignitaries and Bloomington-area legislators speak.

  • McRobbie on camera

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    This is the view of IU President Michael McRobbie speaking at the Statehouse Tuesday through the WTIU News camera's display.

  • Sue Talbot, IU Trustee

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    Sue Talbot, an IU trustee, told students to "Tell you story," at the Statehouse during Tuesday's Hoosiers for Higher Education rally. President McRobbie and Rep. Peggy Welch thanked Talbot for her service to IU during their speeches. This is Talbot's last term as a trustee.

  • Rep. Peggy Welch addresses HHE

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    Rep. Peggy Welch used part of her lunch break Tuesday to address the Hoosiers for Higher Education group. She apologized for not wearing red, then told the crowd Indiana also needs strong K-12 education to feed into its universities.

“Tell your story” was the theme of Tuesday’s Hoosiers for Higher Education rally at the Statehouse.

A crowd of 500 IU advocates took the day to ask state legislators to support higher education.

With the state running a deficit, IU officials say Tuesday’s event was more about raising awareness than asking for funding.

IU Trustee Sue Talbot told the crowd of mostly students to be engaged.

“Tell your story. Of course, they’re in a big hurry,” she said, speaking of legislators. “Tell your story,” she repeated.

IU President Michael McRobbie also addressed the group. He recounted IU’s contributions to the state through research, community service and economic boosts. He says IU researchers have already secured $56 million in federal stimulus funds.

Tuesday’s legislative session was the last day for the House and Senate to approve bills to be sent to the other chambers for passage. This lead to busy legislators and Hoosiers for Higher Education had to be strategic to get a word in with their elected officials.

State Senator Vi Simpson used her bathroom break from Senate business to pump up the group. Simpson says she wants the state to return funds to higher education once the economy improves.

“They should give you back the money that they took from the universities,” she exclaimed. ” And, and, they should release the money from the capital projects now, put people to work now!”

Jessica Gall Myrick

Originally from West Lafeytte, Ind., Jessica Gall Myrick moved to Bloomington in 2002 to run cross country and track for the IU Hoosiers and never left. She has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master's in Journalism from Indiana University.

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