While in DC, along with my weekly one day a week class, I also have three weekend seminars on various different topics. This past weekend was the first seminar and it was about how Religion and Politics affect each other in America with a guest professor.
One day we got to walk to the National Cathedral to take a tour and try to figure out the political elements involved. We all visited it on our first weekend here but didn’t get to take a tour so it was much more powerful this time seeing the history behind the building.
The building itself is so beautiful and full of grand architecture and statues. It’s kind of overwhelming at first to be struck by just how beautiful and colossal the building it.
We were also able to visit the Mormon Temple and find out more about the Mormon faith as well. It was a cool experience seeing a faith up close that I did not have a lot of knowledge of beforehand and how they fit within the discourse of politics, especially in relation to the 2012 election.
Yesterday for my class on The Politics of Harry Potter and the Hunger Games, we had a guest speaker, Bethany Barratt, who wrote one of the books we read for class, come talk to us about her thoughts on human rights and the series and how it relates to politics. We had a great conversation with her in class about how the Harry Potter series can have common daily political analogies and themes that were relevant to human rights, political mobilization, and youth in politics.
After our class discussion we all went over to Atherton for dinner where we got to discuss more closely some of the themes and get to know her on a more personal level. We also got to eat some delicious Asian food! Good job, Aramark! Finally, we ended our day with listening to Barratt speak about human rights more generally and how the language used to describe it has shifted post 9/11.
Me and my pal Austin waiting on food! You can tell he was overjoyed with excitement.
I had to make a video for my Political Humor class about how I was trained to think the way I do regarding politics. But it had to be funny. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do but I finally decided to do one on why we should recycle babies to protect the environment.
In order to do this project I had to buy a toy doll from Target, which made for an awkward time. As the cashier was printing out a gift receipt because she assumed it was a gift, she asked who I was giving it to. When I replied that it was for me, she gave me a very strange look and said, “Oh, ok…” Needless to say, it was well worth it because I love my video!
I’ve only been home for a day for fall break but I already miss Butler! Don’t get me wrong, I love being home, but it is just that my communication to the outside world has drastically decreased. Since I don’t get any cellphone service at home, my communication is severely limited to Wi-Fi or getting a couple bars when I run errands. It’s like I’m living in the 12th century.
Last night, I was able to watch television for the first time in seemingly ages. The only thing I watched was the Vice Presidential debate. I thought both candidate did very well and I definitely learned that Joe Biden is not scared to speak his mind! He was clearly the most colorful of the two candidates. Hopefully this debate was an indicator of how the next presidential debate will be.
Here’s the debate from last night
Last year my former high school put on a performance of the play Road Trip To Iowa, and let me tell you, it was just as it sounds: boring and unnecessary. I also thought the Iowa Caucus would be the same when I watched it last night but let me tell you, it was the opposite: exciting and thrilling!
So I started watching at 6 pm on CNN and it got underway. All the anchors said it would be a tight race and they could not decide on a winner. As the night went on there were three candidates in the lead but eventually one fell to third place and we were left with Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. Both candidates kept exchanging the lead which made for an exciting night. There was even a point where ONE vote separated the two.
I fell asleep at midnight thinking that Rick Santorum would win since he was up by 119 votes but I was surprised to wake up to see that Romney won by eight votes! According to the news, it was the closest Republican caucus in history. The only caucus to be closer was in 2008 when Obama beat Clinton by 7 votes in Guam! Who knew!?
I’m kind of mad at myself for going to bed early because I missed this television gold below when a very confused Iowa official talks to the CNN anchors!
I just want to start this post by saying this week will be the best week ever in recorded history. This is because not only is The X Factor premiering this week but also, Modern Family is starting! I just have to try to find time to watch them both between all of my work.
Last week, College Democrats had its first ever meeting and we had two guest speakers. We had members from the Obama and Joe Donnelly campaigns come tell us about local volunteer and internship opportunities. I am really excited to start getting politically involved this year, especially since it’ll be the first year I’ll be old enough to vote for President.
Here’s a preview for The X Factor! I can’t wait for it to start Wednesday!