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Remember when Obama was inaugurated?

Divya Aggarwal

Issue date: 1/30/09 Section: Opinion
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Me: No, not really.

Kid: What? Are you serious? It was so epic! Where were you? What else could you have possibly been doing?

Me: I don't know…oh, right! I was taking a math quiz in the basement of Nord…

When do I have math recitation? Every week. When do we get a new president? Every four or eight years. I think it's safe to say that something like the inauguration of a new president of our country - and might I add, the making of history - might be more important.

This week my column is a rant. I won't lie, I complain about a lot of things, but rarely do I get upset over the type of thing I'm complaining about here.

Last week, I was forced to miss the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Some of you might say, "Get over it. You could have just watched it online later. What's the big deal?"

Of course I watched it online later, but I believe that on Tuesday, Jan. 20, students should have been able to watch the inauguration as it was happening. The swearing in and the inaugural address together took less than 25 minutes, but in those 25 minutes, history was made. This country had a new beginning full of promise, hope, and most importantly, change. It might sound cheesy, but you can't deny it.

I wanted to witness that inauguration as it was happening. It would have made me feel like a part of that history, that hope, and that change. I also feel that it was particularly important that students listen to Obama's inaugural address, as he called on the younger generation to give back to their country by doing more community service. Even Jon Stewart thought it was "the most highly anticipated inaugural address of our lifetimes." And Jon Stewart never lies.

So what do I think should have gone down last Tuesday? I think we should have had a community hour from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There was an inauguration celebration and lunch in Thwing Ballroom, but many students who were thoroughly interested in attending, like me, could not escape the prison that is required recitation.
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