By Breanna Pennywell
All campuses of St. Petersburg College joined together to represent their student body at the state capitol during Rally in Tally on April 8th-10th.
Prior to the trip, each student government board learned about bills that may affect the college. Saint Petersburg College is a part of the Florida College System Student Government Association, which means that each bill applies to colleges around the state. Some of these bills concerned guns being allowed on a college campus, 4-year degree programs at a college, and LBGTQ alliances.
Seminole, Gibbs, Tarpon, Clearwater, Mid-Town and Downtown campuses met together in the early morning to pack up and head to Tallahassee. They debated how they were going to speak on such important topics. That’s where the state-wide meeting played a part. Every campus state-wide met with each other to talk about how to represent their colleges well. The meeting ran like a brief tutorial to prepare everyone on what to expect when meeting with representatives. Students were also reminded to be respectful when speaking one-on-one with senators. Advisors and senators spoke with students to make sure that everyone was calm and that there was nothing to worry about.
Arriving at the Capitol, students rallied together to speak on collective ideas, take group pictures, and remind everyone that the main focus was to simply express how the students at our colleges feel. The day was hot, and each student brought confidence and respect to each senator, respectfully disagreeing with their views on guns on campus and agreeing on LBGTQ alliances. Once the day wound down, the day ended with a ceremonial dinner and an election. The night ended with an award ceremony, rewarding these great students for their dedication.
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