Two days before the opening of the 2014 Hawaiʻi State Legislature, the president of the Associated Students of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, ASUH senators, students and State Representative Takashi Ohno gathered in the State Capitol Rotunda in a show of support for Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s executive budget.
ASUH President Richard Mizusawa praised the governor for supporting public education in Hawaiʻi. “Not only am I elated to see his support of the Board of Regents’ request to restore UH faculty salaries, I am also excited to have the backlog of deferred maintenance be addressed in the upcoming legislative session. As many students have noted, the atmosphere of the campus is an important issue, not only for aesthetics but also for educational support, our health and safety,” Mizusawa said.
Mizusawa and more than a dozen student supporters took time off from the first day of the 2014 spring semester to urge state lawmakers to support UH students.
“As president of the ASUH senate, my fellow elected student leaders and I have a commitment to ensure that the student voice is heard not only by our university administration but also by our state legislators who have a tremendous impact on student life at the University of Hawaiʻi,” Mizusawa said.