This article first appeared in The Georgetown Voice.
Georgetown students on campus in 2009 were living in the heart of political upheaval. Barack Obama, the first black president, brought Democrats back to the White House for the first time since a Hoya sat in the Oval Office.
Now, at the end of the decade, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is occupied by Republican former real estate magnate and reality TV star Donald Trump, and students on campus have met rising partisan tensions in the country with calls for unity—or at least civility—across political fault lines.
The flocks of students in suits heading to their unpaid internships on the Capitol Hill GUTS bus each morning are one of the most visible examples that a large segment of the campus is interested in politics. It is a Georgetown tradition to run down to the White House after presidential elections are called every four years, while politicians like Paul Ryan and Hillary Clinton are almost daily sights on campus. Student political groups invite speakers, host phone banks, and travel to the Hill to lobby for the national issues that most closely affect young college students, among them college affordability, gun control, and reproductive rights.
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