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Feb. 21 , 2005
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EMU students get inside look at politics during 'Day at the State Capitol

YPSILANTI - Twenty five students from Eastern Michigan University will join student leaders from other state institutions to get an inside look at the workings of state government when they participate in the Michigan Campus Compact’s  “Day at the State Capitol” Feb. 22.

         “This kind of interaction with legislators is an invaluable civic experience, and also makes a very positive impression on our representatives in Lansing,” Juanita Reid, vice president for University Relations.

         Students will spend the day in Lansing and will watch Senate and House sessions, lunch with legislators, speak to a Senate panel and tour the state capitol.

            “For many of the students attending, it is their first time to even see Lansing and the state government in action,” said student body vice president Robert Murkowski, of Saline. “Many are very excited just at the opportunity to network with other student leaders across the state. Some just want to attend to learn more about higher education, while others want the chance to ‘grill’ their state legislator in regards to higher education.”

“This event is a great way to learn about the political system firsthand, and to meet directly with those who can effect change,” said Josh Lyon, a sophomore nursing major from Ypsilanti, who attended last year’s Day at the State Capitol.

Other EMU students participating are: Edward Davis II of Troy, Kelly Basden of Oregon, Ohio; Sarah Armstrong of Hamburg;  Elizabeth Garvin of Canton;  Catherine Perrow of Silver Lake, Ohio;  Arteria Young of Detroit:  Josh Lyon of Ypsilanti;  Robert Kull of Monroe;  Mya Jenkins of Ann Arbor;  Michael Hayes of Monroe; Brandon Jessup of Canton;  Daniel Rhodes of Dexter;  Kenneth White of Michigan Center;  Amanda Thomas of Southgate;  Eleanor Darling of Ann Arbor;  Cassidy Wodke of Cincinnati, Ohio;  Kiarra Ambrose of Detroit;  John Harding of Ypsilanti;  Reggie Monday of Lambertville;  Paul Adams of Ypsilanti; Beth Canfield of Uniontown, Ohio;  Dayna Hasty of Dearborn Heights;  John Harding of Ypsilanti;  and Sara Shurmur of Ann Arbor.

The Michigan Campus Compact, which sponsors the event, promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement. This is the second “Day at the State Capitol.”  The first was Feb. 12, 2004.

For more information on the event, go to www.micampuscompact.org

Eastern Michigan University is a public comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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