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Volume 68, Issue 45, Monday, October 28, 2002


UH students get involved in war

Shireen Connor
Opinion Columnist

On Thursday, columnist Brandon Moeller applauded students involved with the organization Students United for Peace in his column ("It's exciting to see youth protest," Opinion). 

I too am encouraged and delighted to see students taking initiative in organizing political and social rallies once again.

Many seem to think voting is an unnecessary burden, not a civic duty. Students would rather hang out at Starbucks than take the time to go to the polls, let alone give up some free time and energy to make their views known. 

Here is a group of people who are not only making personal sacrifices, but uniting under an incredibly positive message. Rock on.

It wouldn't have been so uncommon to see groups such as these 30 or 40 years ago. People of all ages exercised their constitutional rights to freedom of speech, press, etc. to challenge the government. The best example of this is the Civil Rights Movement.

The heroes of the Civil Rights Movement Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, etc. made extraordinary sacrifices to help better the lives of other people. Even today, they are renowned for the efforts they offered and changes they brought to this country. 

During the Vietnam era, it was the college students of this nation who rose up against the government so they wouldn't have to see friends and family go off to fight a war they did not believe in.

Here we are, on the verge of another war, and it seems nobody is really doing anything about it. From the random conversations I have had with numerous friends and acquaintances, it seems as though nobody really thinks going to war with Iraq is a smart move at this point.

This student group is the first I've heard about action against war on Iraq. Why is our generation so apathetic? We should be more advanced than our parents, simply because we now have even more resources with which to work.

I am guilty of political apathy myself. I filled out a voter registration card when I got my driver's license, but I am too lazy to even look up my voting precinct. I think to myself that my one single vote will not make a difference, so why even bother.

Most of the time I feel as though I am part of an ever-shrinking minority of people who actually care about what is going on in the real world, even if it doesn't affect my pocketbook or ability to go to the clubs on the weekend.

Now I see that I am not alone, and I feel really encouraged. I believe that youth can move the world, if they just try. 

I look forward to attending the upcoming Students United for Peace meeting, Wednesday at 7:30 in the Social Work Building, Room 101. I hope to see you there, too.

Connor, a junior psychology major, 
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