Politics

Fewer students, fewer women interested in political office

The desire to seek political office may be declining among college students, according to a Kaplan Test Prep survey. The survey of 758 pre-law students showed that only 38 percent claimed an interest in running for political office at some point. In the organization’s 2009 survey, 54 percent of students were interested in seeking elected positions. Surveyors are also troubled by a gender gap suggested by the poll.


College students: the voters President Obama has forgotten about

In a speech to supporters at the University of Michigan in January, President Barack Obama spoke to a demographic he’s seemingly ignored since asking for their vote last election – college students. Young voters eager to see a candidate they felt would fight for them, bring change and restore trust in Washington essentially made Obama’s historic election possible, claiming 66 percent of a young demographic that turned out in record numbers. Obama told the Michigan students that his administration would be putting colleges across the nation “on notice” that the days of outrageous tuition hikes were over. Great, simply put them on notice.


Sororities should look to history to be reminded of power in campus elections

I have a story I'd like to share with the CW in response to the March 8th article titled “Women underrepresented, yet unsupportive in SGA politics.” I appreciated this article as a thoughtful and accurate look at the rather confounding support base that the Machine has in sororities. The story I would like to share is about how SGA's first and only black president, Cleo Thomas, was elected. Cleo was a Malleteer who attended UA during the seventies, and he was also greek.


Women underrepresented in politics

This August marks 92 years since the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified to the U.S. Constitution. This amendment granted women in the United States suffrage by prohibiting the denial of voting rights based upon an individual’s sex. “The Year of the Women” title was given to the 1992 election year because of the large number of women who were voted into office that year.


Obsessions of college students vastly overrated

The very nature of college seems to encourage students to find something to obsess over. We are constantly encouraged to find our passion, be it in flag football, working in a biology lab with renowned scientists, dedicating your life to creating a gender-neutral society or for most of us, watching every episode of “Boy Meets World.” We’re taught to find something we are fervent about and to allow that to foster and develop into something by which we can begin to learn. In the three-and-a-half years that I have been at the Capstone, I have seen a lot of college obsessions in myself and among friends and classmates.


Public Service Commissioner to talk gender, politics

Susan Parker, a UA alumna and a member of the Alabama Public Service Commission who is currently seeking re-election, will speak about being a woman in a political environment and working in an elected position in the Ferguson Center Ballroom at 7 p.m. Parker’s lecture is the third of four installments of the Women’s Political Initiative lecture series, co-hosted by the Student Government Association, Women’s Resource Center and the Honors College Assembly. “The most important part of the Women’s Political Initiative is to get women on campus interested in politics,” said Jessica Kuperberg, director of the Women's Political Initiative.