The Town Hall style debate held tonight between President Barack Obama and Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney was filled with fireworks and quick punches that left me breathless and wanting more! It was an exciting show of aggression and forwardness that revealed the wills and intellects of the debaters, as well as their drive to come out on top (much to the dismay of the moderator).
I watched the debate critically, examining what questions were asked and how they were responded two. Obama and Romney both fell victim to relying on rhetoric to make their point without making definite claims or getting into the details of their supposed solution. Obama fell to this on weapon control, mentioning how he wants to change the direction of the “conversation,” but forgetting to explain how. Romney fell into this trope when he was asked how he would rectify the inequality for women in the workplace.
How I looked for most of the debate
Obama’s shining moment for me came in the beginning when he argued how he would fix the economy. He gave 5 points of attack: the tax code, reducing the deficit, cutting back on defense spending, energy development, and education. Romney relied heavily on his time in the private sector but did not give specifics. Romney hit a high point when asked how he would be different from President George W. Bush. He claimed he would focus on domestic energy, free trade, small business, and a balanced budget, ensuring voters that as president we would not be returned to the Bush era.
I’ll admit that it’s difficult as a student to find time to educate myself on the specifics of their plans, what’s proven to work, which side has the right idea. Both sides have networks of researchers that can create studies arguing any point under the sun. While I know that debates are not the ideal place to formulate political opinions (due to the theatrical nature of the event) it at least gives me a chance to see where the candidates hold their strengths, and where they falter or turn the question.
It was a whirlwind of a day. I had planned on going for a run, eating a quiet dinner, and then doing some homework before going to bed. All of that changed when a friend of mine offered me tickets to “The Price is Right Live” which was being hosted at Clowes Hall.
So I wolfed down a quick dinner, and got in line an hour and a half early with my friends in order to register our seats for the possibility of being selected to go down and have our chance at winning. Unfortunately, I was never selected to go down. It turns out that three, count ‘em THREE other Andrew’s were called down. Each time I felt like I had choked on my own stomach.
It was a generally quiet game until one Butler student won a trip to Las Vegas! The crowd went wild, she went wild, but I’m still a bit skeptical. How can a trip of that magintude only cost around $1200? Perhaps the flight wasn’t included, or perhaps it’s more of a hostel than a hotel that she’s staying at. In either case, I was jealous along with the rest of the crowd.
For the first time in my life I entered Butler’s dance studio and took part in Laban, a modern dance movement created by Rudolf Laban in the 20th century. It’s goal is to create a community of movement, something radically missing from our society, he claims.
Once the class got past the giggles of feeling ridiculous, we experienced something extraordinary: a cohesive system of movements that brought us together. It wasn’t anything like dancing at a party. It was…more. I was thrilled to see this side of the dance department that I had before been isolated from.
Lauren: so cold but so talented!
Here’s what Lauren, a Dance major, has to say about Butler’s dance department: “It is so diverse in what they are teaching us. We are doing everything including classical ballet, modern, jazz, different types of character; slavic and spanish, and we also learn how to write music for dance and how to denote different types of movement and analyze it.”
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