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PENNSYLVANIA ALPHA NU CHAPTER ATTENDS STUDENT LOBBY DAY IN HARRISBURG, PA


Pictured left to right: Dr. Stephen Medvec, Ms. Laura Tamas, Senator Mike Stack, D-Philadelphia, Ms. Leah Banton, and Ms. Daniela Chacon at the annual "Student Lobby Day" in Harrisburg, Penn.
On March 31 and April 1, 2014, Dr. Stephen Medvec, Pi Gamma Mu Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania and Sponsor of the Pennsylvania Alpha Nu Chapter at Holy Family University, led three newly inducted (on April 4, 2014) members of Pi Gamma Mu to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for the annual "Student Lobby Day" sponsored by the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities in Pennsylvania (AICUP).  Dr. Medvec and highly selected students (3 to 4) have been going annually to Harrisburg for this event since 2005.  The year's exceptional delegation included  Ms. Leah Banton, Junior, Accounting, Political Science minor, resident of Abington, PA (currently doing her internship with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue);  Ms. Laura Tamas, Freshman, Political Science, native of Budapest, Hungary, resident of Brussels, Belgium, here on a volleyball scholarship, starting libero, 24 service aces in November 2013;  Ms. Daniela Chacon, Junior, Political Science, Spanish minor, native of Colombia, US citizen, now an intern at the Independence Visitor Center in Center City Philadelphia to assist visitors from Spanish-speaking nation-states.  In contrast to the eventful and significant 2011 protests against the widespread education cuts by the (then) new governor, Tom Corbett, this trip was relatively peaceful.  In addition to the large number of AICUP private-college-and-university delegations from around the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the Capitol, the farm lobby was especially active on April first.  In fact, it is fair to say that when the education lobby comes up against the farm lobby, the farm lobby wins.

In some ways, this particular "Student Lobby Day" was a comedy of errors, but, in the end, it all worked out.  We did not meet with Representative Gene DiGirolamo, R-Bucks, for the first time since forever, as it was by chance his 64th birthday party and he and his staff was somewhere else in the Capitol.  I left a message, my card, and the AICUP literature on the middle-income educational funding proposed by Governor Corbett to attempt to overcome his 2011 budgetary cuts to education in Pennsylvania...  Then, Representative Kevin Boyle, D-Philadelphia, had to run back to Philadelphia for a constituent emergency.  Also sitting in the room waiting for a separate meeting was Ms. Melissa Grimm, a public-relations consultant, whom I have known from my days with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC).  We spoke briefly in Kevin's office.  Then, things picked up!  We crossed the hallway to walk into the office of Representative Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia, who was then running for the 13th Congressional District seat (he won the May 20th Democratic primary among four candidates) currently held by Representative Allyson Schwartz, who was running for the Democratic nomination for Governor; she lost to York businessman and former Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Secretary, Tom Wolf, on May 20th).  Brendan was very pleased to meet with us, not previously scheduled  (we had met with Brendan in 2013, but I had promised brother Kevin that we would meet with him in 2014, so things work out like they are supposed to do).  In any event, Brendan was his usual gracious self and the delegation was very impressed with Brendan!  He invited us to the House floor at 11:15 a.m. for a private meeting.  In the interim, we followed Leah's lead as she had grown up in Pucksatawney ("Phil"), Pennsylvania, and knew from childhood Representative Sam Smith, R-Jefferson.  We had no idea he is now Speaker of the House!  His secretary very kindly allowed us to meet with him briefly (surrounded by two groups of farm lobbyists), and he was equally very gracious.  When I introduced myself with card, I said, "I am Dr. Stephen Medvec, the one who has brought Leah to Harrisburg" (paraphrasing JFK in Paris!).  After that, we went to see Senator Mike Stack, D-Philadelphia, and took the obligatory photos.  The senator then invited us to a committee hearing of the Judiciary Committee, of which he is the ranking member.  (Senator Stack ran for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor and won the nomination on May 20th going away among five candidates; he took 90 percent of the vote in Philadelphia County, a very nice cushion to go into the remainder of Pennsylvania.)  That was a first in all the years of "Student Lobby Day" since 2005 to attend a committee hearing.  All of this made a very positive impression on my student delegation.  They now want to run for office when they come of age!   All three want to pursue careers in the law.

Stephen E. Medvec,  Ph.D.
Pi Gamma Mu Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Sponsor of the Pennsylvania Alpha Nu Chapter and Professor of Political Sciencea at Holy Family University

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