Originally published Jan. 11, 2012

State Rep. Dave Agema (R-Grandville), State Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R-Grandville) and Greg VanWoerkom, district coordinator for U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, will visit GVSU to discuss various political issues with GVSU students, faculty and staff.

“There are key decisions being made at the local, state, and national level that students need to be well informed about,” said Trevor Tenbrink, chair of the Student Senate Political Affairs committee. “To have our local leaders commit to spending time with Grand Valley students is a privilege.”

Tenbrink said the forum will allow students to connect with local leaders and learn more about government issues.

The representatives in attendance will soon be called to consider bills that would greatly affect higher education institutions in the state, including GVSU.

During the upcoming House session, the State House of Representatives will be discussing House Bill 5000 to determine whether a statewide university governing system will be implemented in Michigan.

The State Senate will also consider bills concerning GVSU, like House Bill 4496, which would allow community colleges to grant certain Bachelor’s degrees and thereby draw students away from programs offered by universities.

“We as students need to take a stand, not only for our future, but for the issues that face us everyday,” Tenbrink said.

Students will be able to present their concerns and ask questions about government proceedings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Pere Marquette Room of the Kirkhof Center.

For more information about Student Senate activities, visit http://www.gvsu.edu/studentsenate.


Original publication: http://www.lanthorn.com/article/2012/01/student_senate_hosting_political_forum_tonight