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Aggie ice cream lobbies Legislature with creamy treats

February 24th, 2013 Posted in Arts and Life

By Zach Waxler, Bradley Thatcher, Jordan Groff and Caesarea Kritz
The Blue Streak

LOGAN—On March 21, representatives from the Associated Students of Utah State University and other university officials will travel to Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City for the annual Aggie Ice Cream Day. The visit will include mingling with members of the Utah Legislature and sharing on the USU’s most famous delicacies.

aggies_ice_cream_cookies_and_cream-2USU Vice President for Student Services James Morales will be heading the event.

“The reason we do this is to have a relationship-building opportunity with the Legislature,” Morales said. “They are dealing with significant items for us this year.”

Among the issues being considered by the Legislature, which entered into general session on Jan. 28 and will conclude on March 14, are proposals for a new Aggie Life and Wellness Center, a new biology building and in-state tuition offers for the children and grandchildren of Utah State alumni, regardless of their state of residence.

Government Relations Council President Daryn Frischknecht said his council is frequently involved with the Legislature and feels that the Aggie Ice Cream Day is a good time to talk in a relaxed setting about what Utah State is doing.
“Our view for this legislative session hasn’t been, ‘Oh give us money, we need it,’” Frischknecht said. “It’s more to show how awesome Utah State has done in the past with the money they have given us. We appreciate the money they are giving us and this is our way of showing it.”
ASUSU President Christian Thrapp is also looking forward to the visit. “We kind of give them a face to put with the students,” he said.
Morales said the members of the Legislature look forward to the day Utah State comes to town bearing ice cream. He recalled that, in the past, some representatives have been disappointed when the treats have run out.
“Everyone loves Aggie Ice Cream,” Morales said. “Wherever I go across the state and mention Aggie Ice Cream, people’s eyes light up.”

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