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Sep 13, 2011 8:36 AM by Breanna Roy- KPAX News

Policy-makers encourage UM students to get involved

MISSOULA - The Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM) want more students to get informed and involved in politics so on Monday, the group kicked off its week-long "Join The Revolution: An Invitation to Get Involved" campaign with a panel of policy-makers.

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, State Senator Carol Williams, University of Montana President Royce Engstrom and Montana Commissioner of Higher Education Sheila Stearns spoke about politics, money and education. They encouraged students to get involved.

"A student face is what I have seen change minds and change bill after bill and the outcome," Stearns said. "I wanted 'em to get fired up now, months ahead of the next legislative session."

Engstrom said Montana is behind similar-sized states when it comes to funding education. "If we want a competitive Montana, we need a competitive investment," he said.

"Politics makes the policies that makes things better for you and our families," Williams said. "Without urging the next legislature to do better, we're going to continue to lose ground."

Williams said it's time for the younger generation to step in and get involved. "We can make a difference," she said. "You can make a difference."

ASUM's "Join The Revolution" events continue all week, capping off at Saturday's Griz game where volunteers will help students register to vote.

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