Thursday, April 23, 2009

Lefties Steal the Lead in Today's Observer

Here's an article published by The Observer today about good old Lefties. Props to them!

Jenkins to meet Obama invite supporters

Fifteen leaders from student groups to meet with University president and present letter, petition

By: Aaron Steiner

Fifteen students, representing over twenty student groups, are scheduled to meet with University President Fr. John Jenkins at 3:30 p.m. today to present a petition and letter in support of his invitation to President Barack Obama to speak at Commencement on May 17.

A student involved in organizing the meeting, College Democrats President Henry Vasquez, said that the Progressive Leadership Council, which is composed of leaders of progressive campus clubs, got over twenty student clubs to sign the letter supporting the invitation.

"It's mostly a symbolic gesture of support," Vasquez said. He and senior Michael Angulo gathered the support of the clubs - including the Progressive Student Alliance, College Democrats, Feminist Voice, the Notre Dame NAACP chapter, Students for Environmental Action and the Black Cultural Arts Council (BCAC).

The letter states: "As Notre Dame students, we strive to be a concerned community that recognizes the complexity of the many issues that face our nation and our world. We respect diverse viewpoints on issues and we also believe in concerned and genuine dialogue."

The letter also states that as "students concerned with the issues of social justice," the supporters look forward to hosting Obama and "continuing our University's mission to 'create a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice,'" citing the University mission statement.



Andrea Watts said...

I am happy to see you be heard! :)

Anonymous said...

Was there anything in that letter that actually made a particularly strong case for the Obama honors, or tackled any of the fairly serious arguments against Jenkins' decision?

I did like the bit about "narrowing the focus to one aspect of life". What aspect is that? Its intrinsic value? The unalienable right to it?

Jackie Emmanuel said...

Hell yes!
I have to say, I'm going to miss having Mangulo around next year to be comprehensively awesome when quoted...l