Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Princeton Review's "Best Colleges" List Includes 10 AICUO Campuses

Ten AICUO member-institutions were recently placed on the Princeton Review's List of "Best Colleges;" this includes Case Western Reserve University, University of Dayton, Denison University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Northern University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wittenberg University and Xavier University.

The list also has four Ohio public institutions: Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Cincinnati and Miami University.

Ohio State University also ranked in a second category, “Best Value,” with in-state tuition of $9,309 and out-of-state tuition of $24,204. It was the only school in the Buckeye State to meet Princeton’s cost-benefit ratio.

President Makes Campaign Appearance At AICUO Member Capital University

As has been true the entire century, both presidential campaigns believe that carrying Ohio is necessary to winning the election, and now both parties’ nominees have made campaign appearances at AICUO member institutions.

Tuesday, President Barack Obama made a major appearance before more than 3,000 supporters at Capital University in Columbus. Mr. Obama came as candidate rather than as president, urging students to support his re-election so that reforms to student loans, increases in Pell grants, and other higher education policy initiatives will continue. “Whether it’s a four-year college, a two-year program, higher education is not a luxury, it is an economic necessity that every family in America should be able to afford,” he told the crowd.

The university provided more than just a location, the Saylor-Ackerman quad on the east edge of the campus. Junior John McClain, a member of the university’s Chapel Choir that recently won two gold medals at the World Choir Games, sang the national anthem, and senior Stephen DeBusk, a former BMX racer who had transferred to Capital from Columbus State Community College, introduced the president. Students were allotted seats in bleachers, while all other attendees had to stand for up to three hours until the president arrived.

Student grandstand at Capital
We expect to see more visits by both parties' candidates to Ohio campuses, public and private, before Election Day. Tuesday the president sneaked a quick visit for lunch and informal chats with students at the new Ohio Union at Ohio State University; after the Capital appearance he headed off to Reno, Nev., for a similar talk at a community college there. Republican nominee Mitt Romney has already visited Otterbein University, and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, recently held campaign visits at Walsh University and at his alma mater, Miami University.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Republican VP Candidate, Paul Ryan, Makes a Stop at Walsh University

Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Congressman, made one of his first campaign stops as Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick at Walsh University in Canton on Thursday morning.  Approximately 1700 attendees heard his 22-minute speech where Mr. Ryan touched on his conservative philosophy, Mitt Romney's stance on turning around American businesses, and took some time for some well-placed jabs at one of his opponent's recent gaffes.

Local elected officials were in attendance to welcome Mr. Ryan to Canton, including Congressman Jim Renacci of the 16th US Congressional District.  Congressman Renacci introduced the veep pick to the waiting crowd after Stark County Commissioner Janet Weir Creighton and Congressman Bob Gibbs, 18th Congressional District, warmed up the crowd and gave their support to the Republican presidential ticket.

Mr. Ryan was also in Ohio on Wednesday visiting his alma mater, Miami University.  Ohio, as usual, is a very important swing state in this November's election and has already seen its fair share of presidential election campaign visits.  President Obama has visited the state multiple times over the course of the last few months.