Hey there everyone and welcome back. As you hopefully all know, this year is an election year, and for most of the freshman class it's our first time voting. Therefore, we've been getting kind of political at Le Moyne lately.
This past Saturday, the entire class attended the event “18 in 08”, which included a showing of the documentary by the same name and presentations by the film's creator and by various Le Moyne alum involved in politics. The movie tried to give everyone a sense of how important it is to exercise your right to vote and how one person truly can make a difference. After the film it's creator, who is not much older than us, gave a presentation on the work that went into making the documentary and the motivation behind it. Seeing the passion that this man had for the subject really drove home how important it is to exercise your right to vote. Following the presentation by the filmmaker, we heard from two Le Moyne alums involved in politics, one who works for Senator Hillary Clinton, and another who holds a local elected position, and from the head of the Le Moyne Political Science department. All of them stressed the importance of participating in government, even if that means just voting in the upcoming election. Also, there were stations set up outside for anyone who still needed to register to vote.
Tuesday night I was fortunate enough to attend the first in a series of lectures entitled “Wounds of War”, held in the Panasci Family Chapel. During this lecture we got to hear about the conditions in Iraq during the time of economic sanctions put upon them by the U.S. Government in the 90's from a couple who were in the country at the time. It was a moving experience to hear the real story of the humanitarian crisis that was going on in the country and to see there slides from that time. The real treat however was talking with Iraqi students who had left the country only a year and a half ago. The students were able to give us a picture of the 2003 U.S. invasion in a way that the media could never come close to. Their stories were incredible and we even got them to give us their opinions of the candidates in the upcoming election and how each of the candidates' strategies for dealing with the crisis in Iraq would effect the country and it's citizens. It was a great honor to get to hear the real story of what is going on in Iraq from people who have lived through it, and it was an eye-opening and humbling experience to hear what the citizens of Iraq think of both the U.S. involvement in the area and the U.S. citizens themselves.
After seeing and hearing these presentations I can tell you without a doubt that I will be voting in the upcoming election, though I'll leave it to you to figure out who I'm voting for.
Taking a break from the political, we had our first open house over the weekend, and I got to give my first official tour! Hopefully many of you made it up here as the weather was exceptionally nice that day, but if you did not there will be many more opportunities to come and visit the campus and see for yourself what a great place this is.
So long until next week, and remember if you have not registered to vote yet there's still time. Go do it!!!!