We are close enough I can talk about politics. Right? I don’t know how anyone could talk about SUU this past week and not include politics. SUU was honored to have some pretty big political heavy hitters from the area on campus. The best fact is that it was politically balanced because we had one Republican and one Democrat. I should also add that I am on the executive council for the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service, so I get more excited about these sort of things than your average student. Personal politics aside, having a chance to listen to two US Senators in under 24 hours was rather incredible.
It started on Wednesday evening with Senator Mike Lee. He hosted a town hall meeting with the people of Iron County. The whole meeting was people asking him questions and him responding. There was very little of him talking at us. Which I found to be rather refreshing. He was honest about his ideas for Washington even when the Democrats in the audience called him out. The meeting went on for an hour and half and addressed every issue from the debt ceiling to political ethics. I must say this freshman Senator can be rather electric.
The following day an SUU alum was campus to have a little chat. That alum also happens to be Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. I thought the convocation was going to be similar to Senator Lee’s town hall meeting the night before, but it turned out to be more of a conversation with Senator Reid about what lead him into politics and his memories of Southern Utah University (actually College of Southern Utah when he attended). It seems bizarre to think that someone who graduated from SUU holds so much political clout in Washington. It was a rather exciting realization I came to while listen to Senator Reid.
I know this post is not as exciting as my last two, but this whole political stuff is important because it changes people’s lives. I wish more people would have turned out to these two events than they did to the dance last Saturday night. As a member of the Leavitt Center for Politics, we are trying to figure out how to get our generation excited about politics and to get out and vote.
So, I pose this question to you, “What would make you excited about politics?“