This past week, John Carroll University students organized and participated in a Tea Party protest on campus. The protest was to voice the opinions of those who feel that the government spending is excessive and their expansion is an encroachment on their personal liberties.
While I do not necessarily agree with the Tea Party ideals, I was proud that it took place on our campus.
One of my professors told me that it was the only one in the area to take place on a college campus.
The Tea Party is not the only protest that has taken place on campus this year. At the Tea Party protest, there were actually people protesting the protest.
Also, this past February, a group of students protested a decision not to include sexual orientation in the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity Policy.
Students at JCU have taken a stand for what they believe, and whether or not you agree with what they believe you have to feel a certain degree of pride because of it.
It’s nice to know that we are not an entirely apathetic generation in a society which seems almost too captivated by “reality” shows and the latest gossip in OK Magazine. It is entirely possible that most people in society today know more about the ongoing Kate Gosselin drama than what the Tea Party protest actually is.
In fact, in thinking about this, I recalled watching multiple times on YouTube.com the now infamous video of Miss South Carolina in the 2007 Miss Teen USA competition. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of watching this, in the question and answer part of the competition she was asked why one-fifth of Americans could not find the United States on a map.
Somehow she started talking about South Africa and “the Iraq” (seriously, if you have not seen it, go watch it).
I am not sure what bothered me more – the fact that apparently one-fifth of Americans cannot find the distinctly shaped United States on a map, or that Miss South Carolina could not formulate a coherent answer about the issue.
The fact that JCU students seem to be somewhat aware of what is happening in the world around us is definitely a positive, in my opinion. Knowing what is going on is the first step to getting involved and potentially making a difference. No matter how cliché it may be, I still choose to believe that you can make a difference.
While the effect of JCU’s Tea Party protest, or even the effects of the nationwide protest, is yet to be seen, the LGBT protest certainly had an impact.
Because of their protest, the administration is now working on revising JCU’s policy to include sexual orientation.
So whether you agree or disagree – that is not the most important part. The most important part is that something is being said. If you don’t agree with what is said, voice your own opinion.
If you do agree, voice that opinion. Be aware of what is happening on and off campus so that you can make an informed decision about what you want to believe in.
If anything at all, at least you will be able to come up with an informed and coherent answer when someone asks you a question.