This quarter has entailed many trips up to the Statehouse in support of higher education. A month ago Student Body President Drew Smith attended the IUC day at the statehouse with President Williams and about 15 other distinguished members of the University to talk to our state legislators about the importance of higher education, and the importance of the University of Cincinnati. They had some great meetings and portrayed UC in the highest of lights. Two weeks ago Drew Smith, Student Body Vice President Mark Rooney, another SG member Carey Markoe and I went to meet with the Director of Education in Governor Kasich’s office. They delivered to him, over 3000 letters from UC students asking him to lower the cut on the higher education budget. They made a great impression for the University and made a stance on behalf of our students. One week later in Governor Kasich’s State of the State address, he said, “UC is too often overlooked and one of Ohio’s greatest assets.” The state budget is supposed to be released this week.