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ONU students lobby Ohio Statehouse

Pictured at the Ohio Statehouse are, from left: Ashley White, a junior in biochemistry from Harrisburg, Pa.; Derek Corea, a senior in political science from Cleveland, Ohio; A.J. Mehlow, a senior in management from Fremont, Ohio; Gina Grandillo, a senior in political science from Tiffin, Ohio; Zaji Lieberman, a junior in risk management and insurance from San Francisco, Calif.; Ethan Joseph, a junior in political science from Marysville, Ohio; Adriane Thompson Bradshaw, vice president for student affairs; Taylor Phillips, a junior in political science from Reynoldsburg, Ohio; and Drew Goehmann, a freshman in pharmacy from Troy, Mich.


ONU students took part in the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO) Independent College Day, March 11, at the Ohio Statehouse to emphasize the need for student aid.

Students and their advisors from Ohio’s private nonprofit colleges manned display tables in the Statehouse Atrium featuring the community projects, internship offerings and degree programs that set them apart from other campuses.

In meeting with Ohio legislators and visitors, they emphasized the importance of putting student-aid needs first in higher education. In recent budget cycles, aid to independent college students remained stagnant or received cuts that hindered some students from continuing their education and receiving their degree.

Students met with legislators from their home and school districts to ask them to support student aid included in the budget – specifically the Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG). They also toured the Statehouse, heard an update on the current political atmosphere in Ohio, learned what a day in the life of a legislator is like, and attended committee meetings occurring that day.

The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio was organized in 1969 to represent the interests of its 51 members to Ohio's lawmakers, regulators and citizens.  AICUO seeks to strengthen student financial aid programs and bring about a greater understanding of the benefits and contributions of Ohio independent colleges and universities.  At the same time, the association works to promote the well being of Ohio higher education as a whole, with special regard for the dual private/public nature of the responsibility to serve the educational, social, and cultural needs of the state and the nation.  For more information regarding AICUO, visit our website at