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Students rallying against tuition hikes

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RICHLAND, Wash--  A number of schools including WSU Vancouver and Central Washington University are bringing awareness to statewide tuition hikes by staging walk-outs and flash mobs this Thursday. 

Cougar students in Vancouver are hoping several hundred walk out of class between 12 and 2 p.m. to help highlight a 14% hike in costs.

But there was some confusion for some Cougs on the Tri-Cities campus.  Are they in or are they out?  The student body president says they're out.

"the Tri-City campus has decided they're not participating in the walk out tomorrow," ASWSUTC President Evan Bates says.  "Very clearly it's not the direction our leadership, campus student leadership, wants to take.  Myself included, I'm very adamant about standing behind that decision.  I think we want to take a more proactive approach."

The Richland campus organized a letter-writing campaign last month.  In total, about 150 letters were sent to our local representatives.  And on the 15th, a group of students are packing up and heading to Olympia to meet with legislators to tell them first hand how important education is and how tuition hikes affect them.