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ISSUE 118 VOL 8 PUBLISHED 11/12/2004

Just the beginning

By Executive Editors
Executive Editor

Friday, November 12, 2004

In the wake of Decision 2004, campus life has returned to a state of normalcy. Student focus has shifted away from the state of Ohio and back to the state of the upcoming term paper.

This change was inevitable given the high expectations and inherent stress in the pursuit of higher education. But, for a few glorious weeks, celebrities flooded our campus and partisan volunteers vigorously campaigned to sway apathetic or undecided voters. More importantly, students expressed an interest in politics, the future of America and the state of the world in general.

Since Nov. 3, however, people have packed up their tents and retreated to the safe, all-encompassing cocoon that surrounds life on the Hill. Why must the end of the election signal the termination of interest and participation in national and global events?

It is easy to stay in our well-documented bubble now that the next four years no longer hinge on the electoral vote, but there are still unresolved issues and causes with which to stay involved.

The stem cell research debate has escalated in the wake of Christopher Reeves death and Californias passing of Proposition 71. With the new offensive in Fallujah, the war in Iraq remains in the forefront of the news. Social security reform, which George W. Bush has placed atop his second-term agenda, will also be hotly debated.

Citizen input and awareness is a driving force in democracy. The officials elected on Nov. 2 are committed to representing the interests of those in their jurisdiction, regardless of party affiliation. They will not be able to accomplish this objective without the continued involvement of a knowledgeable, conscientious public.

It is not enough to pay attention to election hoopla every couple of years. Groups like the Political Awareness Committee are not formed to inundate our community with election information, but, rather, to provide a year-long political dialogue. We encourage students to stay involved by attending political lectures, flipping on CNN for a few minutes or, gasp, reading a newspaper every once in a while.

Dont let the absence of election fever drive you from staying politically aware. Decision 2004 may be in the books, but the most important decisions are still to come.

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