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Fall 2013, Volume 18
A visit with Rep. Kionne L. McGhee
Barry's In Session
BY GLADYS AMADOR
Barry University students, faculty, and staff traveled to Florida’s capitol to meet with state lawmakers and advocate for the school’s educational priorities during the 2013 legislative session. During their two-day visit to Tallahassee, nine student leaders met with more than a dozen state representatives and senators to thank them for their support and discuss the effects that possible budget cuts would have on Barry and the future of its students. At the core of the discussion: the Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG), a state-funded grant that provides tuition assistance to the state’s full-time undergraduate students attending private non-profi t colleges and universities.
Students who took part in “Barry Days” got an inside look at the chambers and the offi ces of the legislative leaders including House Reps. Kionne L. McGhee, Ben Albritton, John Wood, Pat Rooney, Jr., and Daphne Campbell. They voiced their concerns and shared personal stories about how FRAG has directly impacted their college education. “FRAG provides monetary assistance, which all students appreciate,” said Shantell Monreal, president of Barry University’s Phi Alpha Delta chapter who participated in this year’s trip. “Without it, I would be just another student buried in loans.”
For the past several years, budget cuts have threatened to slash the amount students receive from FRAG. Thanks to support from state legislators, more than 2,400 Barry students received FRAG last year. For the 2013-2014 school year, FRAG awarded an allocation of $2,500 per student. Many of their college educations may have been in jeopardy without this funding.
“We have to keep fi ghting hard for this money,” said Dr. Sean Foreman, political science professor, who was among the administrators who accompanied the students in March. “I encourage all students and staff to contact their state legislators to tell them how important FRAG funding is for schools like Barry.” By visiting the capitol and speaking with legislators in person, students have the opportunity to not only learn about Florida’s legislative process, but also to promote Barry as a university and bring awareness to issues important to its students. Students who joined Monreal to the capitol were: Benjamin Otero, Wes Burns, Nicole Jimenez, Brian Otero, Tetyana Korshnyak, Khalid El-Amin, Geronimo J. Guevara, and Bibiana Potestad. The trip to Tallahassee also served to bring together nearly 65 Barry alumni from the area for the annual Alumni Association reception at the Hotel Duval.