The view from on campus

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If their recent swings through the area are any indication, the Democratic candidates for president seem to be eschewing the union halls and retirement communities for the college campus and the college campus is answering back.

Christopher summed up the news from Temple during Senator Clinton’s recent visit and some rumors swirling about a potential visit from Senator Obama in the near future.

Here’s another interesting piece from the Temple Op-Ed section deconstructing the Obama candidacy and its implications for race relations in the United States:

Though the election of a black president would certainly signify a landmark in U.S. history, it would not wholly translate into a radical political shift for blacks. Let’s not forget the Hurricane Katrina aftermath and the Jena Six, which are manifestations of this reality: institutional racism is at the core of the nation’s political structure. 

 

And a letter to the editor takes issue with those in the old guard of the Democratic party who want to rain on young folks’ parade by essentially telling them, “you’ll be one of us one day – jaded and cynical.” 

Another letter writer takes issue with the amount of coverage of the presidential race being given by Temple News and then outlining exactly what he felt was missing:

Youth have mobilized in record numbers all over the country, yet there is no mention of these efforts, even though they are occurring on our campus. In conjunction with PennPIRG, Temple Student Government has begun an initiative to register 1,000 new voters on campus by March 24th. 

 Anyone involved with this effort can feel free to share their story on this blog or email me (dpohlig (at) whyy.org) and tell me about it.

Finally, over at the Daily Pennsylvanian, columnist Lisa Zhu in her “Zhu-ology” column challenges the candidates to enjoy their time in the big city of Philadelphia but not to forget what such cities need to thrive:

With talk of ethanol and agricultural subsidies galore, this year’s elections have been more than just a little bit country. But somewhere between our amber waves of grain and our purple mountains’ majesty, America lost sight of one of its greatest competitive advantages in the future global economy – its cities. 

 

Then again, if you go to school in the city, you may already realize that.  Your job is determine which candidate will do the most for cities and throw your vote their way. 

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