Thirty four Knox College students and one Carl Sandburg College student traveled to the Illinois State Capitol Thursday, Oct. 15 to attend a student rally in support of the Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants for tuition. The bus load of students left at 9:30 a.m. in order to arrive in Springfield by noon.
Upon arriving, the students were greeted by a chanting mass of fellow collegians under a tent in a parking lot just a block from the capitol. The rally featured Governor Quinn and students speaking in favor of the grants, including senior Maurice McDavid. Over a thousand students from colleges and universities across the state were in attendance.
After the rally, the body of students moved into the capitol to lobby their individual state senators and congress persons. Long lines in the security screening stymied the push, but many students were able to speak to their representatives before the bus returning to Knox left at 2:40 p.m., arriving back on campus at 5 p.m.