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Tyler Wines elected new MAS President

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University of Montana Western’s Tyler Wines is the new president of the Montana Associated Students. chicky_wines 2 UMW NEWS BUREAU University of Montana Western’s Tyler Wines is the new president of the Montana Associated Students. The Montana Associated Students (MAS) is a combined student government with representatives from each of the 11 Montana University System campuses. The student collective also advises the Montana Board of Regents. All members of MAS serve on a volunteer basis. Wines, a pre-med and pre-professional health major in Montana Western’s biology department, was elected president during the Montana Board of Regents’ last session in September on the Montana Tech of the University of Montana campus. Wines just finished a term as the MAS Vice President. He is also the student body president at UMW. Wines said the first order of business for MAS is a statewide initiative to protect the quality of higher education in Montana. “First, we want to start a ‘Thank you, Montana’ ad campaign to thank Montanans for their continued support of higher education,” Wines explained. Wines added that amid budget cuts and shortfalls for Montana campuses, MAS will be actively engaging public officials across the state in an effort to ensure continued support for education. As part of the campaign, MAS is tasking the Regents with reaching out to different political districts across the state to begin a dialogue with elected officials and the public. “Our generation is the ultimate stimulus package,” Wines said, stressing both the short-term economic impact of universities on their communities as well as the long-term economic impact an educated populace has on society as a whole. “If you want to stimulate the economy, higher education is the answer.” Wines said MAS will also be using dues payed to MAS by each university to hire a full-time lobbyist to represent students in the state’s capital, Helena. In addition to pursuing his own education, Wines is now tasked with making a quality, affordable education for all of Montana’s students a priority. “To be given the opportunity to represent thousands of students is an honor,” Wines said. “I’m really excited and just hope I can be an effective voice for all the college students in Montana.”