Four Lycoming College students recently participated in Student Lobby Day at the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg on April 21.
Students attending included: Whitney Rosenberger, a junior with a major in communications and marketing from Millville; Rebecca Sellers, a senior with a major in political science from Wrightsville; Olivia Coleman, a senior with a major in political science from Pottstown; and Samantha Vroman, a sophomore with a major in political science from Ralston.
Student Lobby Day is an annual event sponsored by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP). Student Lobby Day is a day set aside each year for the students from various private colleges and universities to lobby for legislative support for private institutions of higher education. This year's advocacy day primarily focused on the proposed expansion of the sales tax to higher education services such as meal plans, technology fees, activity fees and other fees. In addition, lobbying focused on increase funding for the PHEAA grant programs and the growth of the Ready to Succeed Scholarship program that aids more middle income students with the financial help it provides.
Aside from the Lobby Day activities, students also got to interact with alumni Gene Yaw ‘70 and Dave Argall ’80, both of whom are Pennsylvania State Senators.
“Our interaction with Dave Argle was our most rewarding interaction of the day,” said Sellers. “Dave entertained us with stories from his time at Lyco and even showed us a flier from his race for class president. He had kept it all of those years and has it on display in his office at the Capital. Dave listened to our points and we had a great discussion about it.”