University of Iowa Representatives Lobby for Hawkeye Caucus Day

University of Iowa professor Ben Hunnicutt gives a lecture to his Historical and Philosophical Perspectives of Leisure class Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008 on the lawn in front of the Old Capitol building on the UI campus in Iowa City. Hunnicutt said he moved the class outside after his students suggested it because it was such a beautiful day. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

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By Liz Blood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Representatives from the University of Iowa will be lobbying at the Capitol as part of an annual event.

More than 100 UI students, alumni and university leaders will convene Tuesday for Hawkeye Caucus Day. University President Sally Mason also will attend.

The event gives representatives from Iowa's largest public university a chance to talk with legislators about programs the UI representatives think are important.

The undergraduate student government will lobby lawmakers to approve a tuition freeze. The Iowa Board of Regents has promised to freeze tuition for in-state undergraduate students. But the freeze is contingent upon a 2.6 percent budget increase for the universities and an extra $4 million to aid the University of Northern Iowa's budget.

The Legislature has yet to approve the universities budget.

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