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Finding Inspiration for Afghanistan in America’s Election

by Abuzar Royesh - Posts (5). Posted Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Tufts: where more people watch the election than the Super Bowl… — Matt McDonald (@mattmcd88) November 7, 2012 Two weeks ago, I was standing among a throng of students in Hotung Café at Tufts University—a crowd burning in anticipation to learn the outcome of the presidential election. I had left my quiet dorm room […]

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 […]

Recapping 2010: Some Personal Favorites

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 at 7:55 am

It’s not as scientific a measure as most viewed or most commented, but here my top 5 favorite posts our bloggers wrote in 2010.  Although, let’s be clear, all the bloggers are amazing, and picking out just 5 feels really unfair.  As a bonus, I’m also including my top 5 favorite “Question of the Week”-style […]

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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