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Students Organize a By: Jennifer Brown P ublic education has not been one of the priorities of the Montana Legislature this ses sion. It should be. Education, especially higher education, and economic devel opment are closely related. One way to improve the economy is to support higher education. Most of the current legislators who recently got voted into office talked about improving Montana's poor economy in their election campaigns. Have they kept their promises of economic improvement for all Montanans? Not really, but one way they could is by supporting higher education as a means of helping the economy. By not supporting education, access and opportunities pro vided to ALL Montana citizens through higher education will decline. Public education should be accessible to all Mon tanans, not just the few who are able to afford it. The quality of education will also be lowered, while we pay higher tuition rates. Tuition is expected to raise by at least 9 percent next fall alone. Basically, we are paying more to receive less. Montana's investment per stu dent in higher education has been continuously declining. When some of the current legis lators went to college, they received a quality education that was affordable to everyone. We want the same opportunities Walk-Out that were given to them. Students, it is not too late to do something! Show your support by walking out of classes at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11th. There will be a rally between the library and the SUB building. Student and faculty speakers will express their concerns about higher education. Students and their families, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to attend. Students at the Univer sity of Montana-Missoula are also planning a walk-out to occur the same day. Members of the media will be on hand to cover the event. The rally is expected to last one hour and refreshments will be served. Questions? Call 683-7211. ........... on the left ...... Cultural Day took alace on March 28 at the Mary Innes school. UM-Western Educa tion majors gave multicultural presen tations by means of games, storytelling (at right, Bethany Deiter shares with some youngsters), and other entertain ment to the students there. Read about UM- Western’s production of A Mid summer Night’s Dream on pages seven and eight ....