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Democrat and Republican Clubs Get Students Engaged in Politics
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Democrat and Republican Clubs Get Students Engaged in Politics

Graceland has had a Young Democrats club for over 50 years. This year with the election, the club worked actively to promote the Democratic candidates on and off campus. In the past, Graceland has been successful at having U.S. presidential candidates come to visit Graceland. During Obama’s campaign, Graceland students went to see Obama speak in Osceola and Michele Obama spoke on the Graceland campus.

Now that the election is over, it will be up to the club members to decide what their focus will be now.

The Republican club at Graceland has been active this year. Over fall break, the Republican club sponsored a trip to Washington D.C. Five Graceland students participated in the trip. The group left Friday evening of Fall Break and took a direct flight to Washington D.C. The group stayed in a Community of Christ church on Embassy Row. They navigated D.C. on the metro and took in as many sites as they could in 4 and a half days.

The group visited the national monuments on the mall, the Holocaust museum, and the National Archives. They also visited several Smithsonian Museums, in particular the museums of Natural History, Air and Space museum, and the museum of Contemporary Art. They also made a trip to Arlington Cemetery and watched the changing the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

The students received a tour of the capitol building by some of Iowa Senator Joni Ernst’s staff.

One of group’s guides in D.C. was alumni Wade Wallace who lived in D.C. for years and whose son still resides there. The group also had an opportunity to speak with another Graceland alumni who works for the Secret Service.

The last day of the trip, the group took a tour of the Pentagon. Each hall of the Pentagon is dedicated to a different branch of the U.S. armed forces. In addition, there is a memorial on the wing of the building that was struck on 9/11.

The Republican club hopes to be able to organize another trip to Washington D.C., so if you are interested, stay alert for information in the next year.

For more information about the Young Democrats club, contact

Sponsor Dr. Russell: russell@graceland.edu

For more information about the Republican club, contact

President Sydney Vaughn: svaughn@sting.graceland.edu

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