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March 10, 2010 11:00 AM Govern This

By Daniel Luzer

Student government, the resume fodder of so many future law school students, often seems a little silly. Student government has so little authority over actual university governance that there’s a lot of worry about things like campus activities and student rights. In most cases, however, the power of student government mostly begins and ends with the distribution of student activity fee money.

On Monday the “Students for Liberty,” a club of the University of Nevada at Reno (where students might have bigger things about which to worry), held a campus event to rally for the abolition of student government at the university. According to an Associated Press article:

The goal of the rally was to abolish the [Associated Students of the University of Nevada or] ASUN, by collecting signatures to put on a petition for next year’s election. They say the student body is wasteful and takes money from students, an estimated $5 per credit.
“We feel those funds are stolen,” Barry Belmont with the Students for Liberty said. “They are forcing kids to pay and in essence, taking the money from them.”
Students for Liberty spent $3,000 on the anti-government rally, which included pizza, ponies, and balloons.

The cost of the event was covered by money appropriated to the club by the school’s student government.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer