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Replay: Our State of the Union Watch Party

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 at 9:28 am

Thanks to everyone who joined our State of the Union watch party last night.  We had an amazing group that included some of our Student Union bloggers and other international students from around the world who got together right after Obama’s speech to discuss what he talked about … and what he left out.  If […]

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What America’s Political Divisions Say About Its People

by Nicholas Lau - Posts (6). Posted Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

A college campus is the best place to follow an election. There are voter registration drives, presidential debate watches, mock debates, and forums to encourage students to discuss what it means to be an informed voter, and how to make the best decision for the next four years. Meanwhile, the College Democrats and College Republicans, […]

A British Perspective: Is the American Democratic System All it’s Cracked Up to Be?

by Tom Collier - Posts (6). Posted Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 10:06 am

I got to America just in time for campaign season to begin, and just in time to catch a moment that set the tone for the election as I have experienced it since. When I arrived, Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin was just about to tell a TV station in Missouri that during “a legitimate rape, the […]

Why Aren’t Americans Making the Most of Their Democracy?

by Dandan - Posts (11). Posted Thursday, December 8th, 2011 at 11:36 am

“How many of you believe in Congress?” One day in my public speaking class, a student began his speech with this question, and nobody raised their hands to show their approval. Later in his speech, the student talked more about how Americans view their government, saying that the American government is losing credibility, people are […]

Is Occupy Wall Street Reviving Political Engagement?

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 at 9:29 am

In a college town where around a third of the population is university students, the weekend of fall break was probably not the best time to start the spark of protest in Lawrence, Kansas. But on Saturday October 8, Occupy Lawrence , a local group of people imitating and supporting the movement in New York […]

Another Myth Dispelled: Americans Don’t Have to Worry About Paying for Education

by Sadia Sikander Awan - Posts (2). Posted Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 at 9:28 am

Before coming to the U.S., I had the myth in my mind that American students are all rich financially and can afford a college education very easily. Or if American students are unable to pay their fee then having an American nationality solves all their problems and government provides them free education. I also thought […]

An Uneventful Election Period

by Senzeni - Posts (12). Posted Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 at 11:30 am

Zimbabwean campuses come alive during election periods. Political student activists normally belong to one of the two main political factions: the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) or the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). They move around campus putting up posters of their candidates (or tearing down the other party’s posters) and distributing T-shirts […]

Rethinking Democracy

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, November 4th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

To talk about politics means to engage in what is basically a minefield of opinions. Debates can get as long as the day and night together, and even then not reach a conclusion that leaves everyone satisfied. But how much of the population is well-versed in the issues? How involved in politics are Americans? Are […]

Do Students Care About Midterm Elections?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, November 4th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

The U.S. media made a big deal over Tuesday’s midterm elections.  Republicans took back control of the House of Representatives from the Democrats and seriously eroded their Senate majority, in what was seen as a referendum on both Obama’s first two years and the viability of the conservative “Tea Party.”  But did students get involved?  […]

My Favorite Holiday – Election Day

by Jaime Bellemare - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, November 4th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Election day is my favorite holiday. Yes, a holiday.  For me, there is no better reason to celebrate than getting my vote on.  Once 7pm comes around you can find me in front of the TV hanging on to every word, as the first election results come in.  For the past few weeks I have […]

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