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Governor Walker visits campus to discuss tuition freeze

Posted on Jun 6, 2013
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was on the UW-Superior campus Thursday discussing his support for the proposed two-year UW System tuition freeze.
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Governor Walker visits campus to discuss tuition freeze

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The Governor spoke to a group of reporters and students at the Yellowjacket Union during the press conference.

Governor Walker said, "The campuses like here in Superior and others.....are doing a tremendous job. We wanted to make sure they continue down that path to continue to support our campuses and the faculty and staff, and student bodies at each of those campuses and one of the best ways we can do that is by freezing tuition." He went on to say, "Our campuses provide on a comparable basis, some of the best, most affordable education in the country."

Two current UW-Superior students joined the governor on the stage on Thursday and liked the idea of a tuition freeze.

Brody Bakken, a senior Elementary Education major at UW-Superior is very careful how he spends his money and was thrilled to meet the governor and join him on the podium to talk about a tuition freeze. Bakken, a Cambridge, Minnesota native said it was fun, "He's a guy just like us, and talked to us about his family and his kids. He's just a nice guy, I'm grateful, excited and glad he came here."

Lindsey Schiff of South Range, Wis. just graduated with a double major in History and Speech Communication and will be enrolling in graduate school at UW-Superior this fall, "It was interesting that he has his own kids in college and so he knows firsthand as a parent what kinds of struggles regular students are having. I think it was really good that he came up to Superior, because I feel besides Superior Days, Superior is so far away from the capitol that people kind of forget that we have great university up here."

Gov. Walked added, "Taking these dollars and investing them in a tuition freeze, makes for a perfect opportunity to say we are going to make it more affordable for our students in this state. We are going to make it more affordable for those families that participate in helping their sons or daughters and loved ones get an education in the state of Wisconsin. It's not only good for our students but it's good for the state as a whole."

Following the visit with UW-Superior students, Governor Walker met with Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen and other community members.

News Contact: Lynne Williams | 715-394-8213 | lwilli29{atuws}
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