A Fresh Start

Yuchen Zhao, along the rest of the world, has ”high hopes and expectations” for the upcoming Obama administration. Originally from China, Yuchen has insight into the international implications of Barack Obama in office.

The sophomore finance major believes that the election of Barack Obama represents “huge progress, not only for this country, but internationally.”

Yuchen went on to say that the election signifies the advancement of interracial relations around the world, her focus mainly on the racial implications of the incoming president.

Some students are less enthused.

Kelly Roulier, a civil engineering sophomore, had little to say as she rushed off to class through the engineering building. She gave a quick “it’s a fresh start” comment and continued on her way, clearly finding the change in administration and no more “Dubya” the most important point of the inauguration, with the racial change as merely a footnote.

While I had assumed that everyone, at least all students, would be racing to find the nearest television between classes, it seems many people view the inauguration as an afterthought, a formality. A moment that is significant, but not a “where were you moment?” as stated on the editorial section of the StateNews.

Some believe that too much time, energy, and, most importantly, money is being spent on the events in light of the current economic crisis our country, and the world is in. President Bush even declared the inauguration a “state of emergency” to get more funded allocated to event security that millions of people are expected to attend.

Though Yuchen and Kelly had an interest in the inauguration and planned to watch, both acknowledged that schoolwork still takes priority.


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