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  • 12:20:39 am on November 11, 2008 | 0

    I just returned from Knox College, known for their academics and the Lincoln/Douglas debates. Though it was post election, I was so amazed at the lack of political paraphernalia. This is a self-proclaimed liberal school that actively protested a Q & A with Donald Rumsfeld. This is a school where conservative views are greatly opposed, and the only sign of victory in this historic election was the cover of their school newspaper.

    The Knox College newspaper

    The Knox College newspaper

    So in an effort to uncover the strong political opinion of this school, I went around campus with my camera.

    Their Union Board

    Their Union Board


    A strong voting reminder

    A strong voting reminder


    Knox College Democrats Board

    Knox College Democrats Board

    So this small town, holds this great collegiate environment, where occasionally political activism is promoted. I’ve been down in Galesburg enough to understand the political undertones of this university. To see that the only expression of excitement for an Obama win was on the cover of their weekly newspaper, I was disappointed.

    Maybe it’s being in a city where day after day we see headline after headline that essentially forces us to choose and then stand proud. It’s a constant conversation piece in Chicago, and in Galesburg, its avoided to keep the calm.

    I appreciate my opportunity to be in Chicago during this time more because of seeing the atmosphere here. We were vigilantly reminded to vote. We were forced to understand why we believe what we do. And we were the first row in the theater of Election night. We waited in long lines, and no matter which side of the aisle our vote went to. I am proud that my only memories of this night will not come from the “I Voted” sticker I received walking out of the voting booth.

    A Knox student's memento

    A Knox student's memento

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