Column and photo by Olena Rypich/The AS Review

Here at The AS Review, we are not just writers, photographers and editors. We are also students. As such, we will freely admit we have an interest and a bias in supporting funding for higher education. When our Events Editor Olena Rypich decided to join other students during Viking Lobby Day to go straight to Olympia to lobby for funding to state universities, we asked her to keep a journal of her experience for all of those who couldn’t make it.

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u'Inside the Legislative Building Jan. 17, (from left) AS VP for Student Life Jamin Agosti, Mike Pond, Lauren Squires, Tom Barkholz, Erika Whittaker and Western VP for University Relations Steve Swan. Photo by Olena Rypich/The AS Review'