We offer a tip of the hat as well as our profound admiration to the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) at Michigan Technological University. Over the past two weeks, the USG was involved with a set of projects which only brought a very broad issue to light in a hands-on way and, with the Graduate Student Government, provided a vehicle in which students could get a first-hand glimpse of what the state legislature is doing to address some of the issues most important to college students.
The first USG-sponsored event involved the construction of a so-called "Debt Wall." During four two-hour sessions, students were encouraged to decorate a 30-by-50 foot graph with dots representing the amount of debt they believe they will accrue by the time they graduate.
The project is a graphic illustration of a growing problem. One that is exacerbated by the growing cost of education coupled with decreasing state appropriations.
The second event, held Tuesday, was a question and answer session featuring State Rep. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet and a representative of State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba.
The students on hand engaged in frank discussions over a variety of issues, including student debt and the state's commitment to higher education.
We commend the USG and the GSG for these events, and for showing a commitment to the student body at Michigan Tech. Their actions prove student activism on a college campus does not only belong to by-gone generations.
We appreciate that these events were organized by those who, in addition to serving their fellow students, are full-time students who, in many cases, have distinguished themselves in the classroom as well as the political arena.
We congratulate these students for a job well done and look forward to continued successes.