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I am ashamed to call you people my peers.
This semester I am taking JRN 312: Reporting, and our first assignment was to get student reaction on the governor’s race this November. I was thrilled at the assignment — politics is my passion and what I get geeked about. I figured it would take me ten minutes to finish the assignment and by the time class was finished, I would already be gone and off to a self-congratulatory Starbucks coffee.
The dissolution of Campus Conservatives as a registered student organization is a loss for the political community at Central Michigan University.
Often an outspoken and controversial group, they provided a voice and a sense of togetherness for individuals whose views did not fall in line with the College Republicans or College Democrats.
Ben Dotson came to Central Michigan University to study music.
But the Tennessee senior soon realized politics were more in tune with his life ambitions.
The more that Republicans and Democrats chose opposite sides just for the sake of stifling another party, the more that the American people lose. Both parties should be fighting for the best arguments and not just party ideals.
Most news organizations are owned by corporations already. T.V. anchors, newspapers and other mediums can - and may have already done so - influence political debate. Corporations should have a voice, too.
National politics in the U.S. today is characterized by strict partisan loyalties.
Some argue this is to the detriment of the American citizenry.
Last November, students were passionate about politics due to the presidential election. A year later, students could care less about what's going on. Democracy is an active government and students should retain the same passion they had during election season.
Juggling college classes, homework and campaign trailblazing is not an easy task for Harrison junior Abbey Colville.
But it is a welcome challenge.
LAST UPDATED: 3:20 a.m. Oct. 1 ... Gov. Jennifer Granholm said in a prepared statement that she "has rejected Senate Republican cuts that eliminate college scholarships for over 50,000 Michigan students."
Politics long has been a subject heavily debated on college campuses.
College Republicans gives the opportunity to discuss differing viewpoints at its meetings.
Stephanie Jaczkowski, spokeswoman and public relation chair for College Republicans, said the debates help members stay educated.
Just because it is not a major election year does not mean the politics stopped.
The College Democrats had a very busy and, by their terms, a successful year last year, as President and Democrat Barack Obama was sworn in.
However, this year will have a much different feel than last year.