The Herald Leader notes that Jonathan Miller got the biggest cheers despite the governor calling for more student aid.
Miller, one of seven Democrats running for governor, delivered a brisk speech that quickly set up a rousing call-and-response between Miller, 39, and his audience of twentysomethings.Perhaps someone should ask Governor Fletcher as to why he denied new dorms in the state budget last year.
Miller told his listeners that they had the power to do something about their issues, including high tuition.
"The time is now, the place is here and the moment is ours," he called out and continued to repeat as he spoke. The students picked up the words and the rhythm, sending their enthusiastic chant echoing up and down the Capitol Rotunda.
"I loved his speech," said Emily Wells, 18, a first-year student in police studies at Eastern Kentucky University. "He really got into our culture."
She was referring, in part, to Miller's urging that the students go to Facebook.com, a popular Web site, and "tell everybody that you're a friend of Jonathan Miller."
Kyra Kendrick, 19, a sophomore psychology major at the University of Louisville, said Miller "seemed more sincere."
"He came up and shook hands with everybody before they spoke," she said.
Chris Seals, 20, a U of L junior majoring in psychology, called Miller "inspirational" and "innovative."
"He was moving," Seals said.
Saying "this state cannot afford any more of its old-time politics," Miller told the students that higher education has been hurt by the elimination of the Bucks for Brains matching-funds for the universities. He named no villains, but he said the constant rise in tuition is putting a heavy burden "on the backs of those who can least afford it."
Earlier, Fletcher said that tuition at the state's universities had gone up 145 percent during the last 10 years and he wants to see legislators address this issue in their current session and in 2008.
Secretary of State Trey Grayson also addressed the crowd in attendance.
Republican and Secretary of State Trey Grayson also addressed the crowd of students, telling them they must remain engaged with lawmakers all year long – and not just one day each year while lawmakers are in session – if they want to have an impact on higher education costs and accessibility.The Kentucky Kernal also had a write up on the rally.
“Contact your legislators and urge them to support higher education,” Grayson said, and he said they must do that all 365 days of the year. “This doesn’t stop today – it begins today.”