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McCaskill Editorial

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill visited Missouri Western on Tuesday, March 22.
Didn’t know that? Well, you’re not alone.
The vast majority of students at Western didn’t know that the Senator from Missouri came to their campus to discuss student loan debt. The event was pretty low-key, without any real publicity. The round table discussion consisted only of a couple students, a few staff members and members from local schools. This was, at the end of the day, a very small event with a very big name headlining it.
But it didn’t need to be.
Student debt is not a problem only shared by a handful of students. According to the Institute for College Access and Success, 71 percent of graduates from four-year colleges had student loan debt. For Missouri students, college usually leaves them with $25,000 in debt. With this sort of important topic being discussed, why weren’t students told about this? Why weren’t students given the chance to be a part of this conversation?
This isn’t an isolated incident either.
Last year, McCaskill visited MWSU and only met with SGA members. No time was given for other students to hear McCaskill or to be heard by her.
Now, it’s not every day that a U.S. Senator comes to Missouri Western. So, why the secrecy? Why can’t students meet and talk with their Senator? Why aren’t they even told about such events?
Whether it be a failure on the part of Missouri Western or Sen. McCaskill’s office to communicate the Senator’s appearance on campus, this shouldn’t be happening. Students should be informed.
After all, people need to be able to meet with their representatives. More importantly, however, representatives need to meet with the people they represent.
Denying access or simply concealing access to such events is wrong. This needs to be fixed to allow more student engagement in the future with any of our elected officials.

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