Two years ago today...

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This is the exact day, almost down to the hour, that Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States. I remember quite vividly jumping up and down with my roommate after finding out that he'd been elected. It was the first time that I'd voted and I really felt like my vote made a difference; like my voice mattered. I remember racing into the hallway of my dorm in Lawrence Hall (which is now where the Crimson Suites stand)screaming with my friends and roommate. We didn't care that it was "quiet hours" as our CA reminded us. The only thing that mattered was that our voices were heard. We raced downstairs and joined what seemed like half of IUP's population in cheering for our new president. I remember hugging anyone and everyone who stood around me. And the crowd roared even louder when a guy drove down the street playing Young Jeezy's song "My President is Black".

 

Here's a video (courtesy of YouTube) of a portion of the night. The video is being shot from Scranton Hall (where the crimson suites now reside).

Since it is the middle of his term, I felt that it was appropriate to ask you all what you think about how things are going so far. We all know that Obama had a big mess to clean up after the previous president. Obama himself said that it would not happen overnight but change will come. 

I attended an event courtesy of Zeta Phi Beta Inc (sorority) tonight about the president and his progress since being elected. I want to know your thoughts, concerns and hopes for the future.

First I want you to think back to the night he was elected as our president. Where were you? How did you feel? What did you do?

Now I want you to express your initial hopes and concerns at the beginning of Obama's election compared to what he has accomplished thus far.

And finally, will you re-elect him? Why or why not?

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Wow I totally remember this night! I walked from my apartment on Philadelphia Street to campus to meet some friends after the election results were confirmed. I could hear the chanting grow louder as I approached campus. People were running around yelling "change" and other phrases, and I could tell there were a LOT of people in the Oak Grove. It was actually kind of scary, but a game-changing night, nonetheless.

It was kind of awe-inspiring to see students so passionate about something, even if you didn't agree with them. I feel like that passion was fleeting, though. From what I've seen, student turnout for the recently passed mid-term elections was...less-than-stellar.

I work at The Penn, and Thursday night I went out to do that Man on the Street question for Friday's paper. Our question was, "How do you feel about the election results?" We had to change the question because no one we asked had even voted.

One girl's response? "I forgot I was 18 and could vote."
*facepalm*

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