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Being recently graduated from Randolph-Macon has its pros and cons. On the one hand, it is great to be out of college and figuring out what to do in the professional world. On the other hand, I am no longer enrolled in a school that will be the center of one of the most interesting political races this year.
(Commence angry flipping of tables).
This past June it was announced that Dave Brat successfully managed to defeat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and is now in the running for a seat in Congress. Brat, whose $206,000 campaign budget managed to triumph over Cantor's $5.4 million, demonstrated that winning over the community is a huge part of getting votes (really, who would've thought?). Brat's campaign story sort of reflects the story of the underdog who works exceedingly hard to defeat the big dog on campus (Cantor).
It's also always reassuring to hear that the defeated party wasn't the best for the job, particularly when it comes to squandering campaign money on fancy hotels and expensive meals (cough, cough, Cantor).
But, one Randolph-Macon professor running for Congress was not enough, so Sociology professor Jack Trammell has been elected to challenge his colleague for the seat in Congress.
As a Randolph-Macon alumni, this tells me one thing: I'm going to get beat up after voting, one way or another.
I've met Brat and Trammell on occasion over the course of four years, and they are both stand-up guys who possess a tremendous amount of passion for the courses they instruct. However, I haven't taken any of their courses so I'm not up-to-date on the student/professor relationship, but their students have given generally positive feedback.
So what does this mean socially for the students of Randolph-Macon?
Well, there is going to be an even greater division between the Republican and Democratic students and staff up until the election. Students are going to have to choose which professor they support in the academic world and the political world, which will likely cause tension between Trammell and Brat supporters. Lastly, there will certainly be an uprising of student organizations to support either party to generate more votes.
Since Randolph-Macon is a Liberal Arts college, it's probably wise to assume that the majority of the populace will be voting for the Democratic party. But, many students have a long standing relationship with Brat as well, which makes the voting decision very, very difficult.
I'll cover each candidate's platform in a separate article, but their political ideologies will certainly influence the opinions of the students.
One thing is for sure: Tensions will be at an all time high at Randolph-Macon come September, and these two professors won't be the same again after the election.
More coverage on this story will be out soon.
By: Matthew Romeo
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