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Students tackle political arena in NH
Quinnipiac students got a first hand look at grass roots politics on their trip to New Hampshire primary on Jan. 27. Ten political science students took part in campaigning for their favorite candidate.
The New Hampshire primary is the first in the country. The candidates travel there in hopes of getting a head start with a glimpse into the world of politics.
Quinnipiac’s PO 231 class was one of the two universities in the country, along with The University of South Florida, to get first hand experience at the primaries in New Hampshire.
The trip was headed by Associate Professor of Political Science Scott McLean. Professor McLean set up an internship with each student’s candidate of choice. The students helped campaign for a wide range of candidates. Most students represented Howard Dean and John Kerry.
This is the second time Quinnipiac students have participated in the New Hampshire primary. Students also volunteered their time in the 2000 primary. Professor McLean believes this is a great hands-on learning experience for students.
“It teaches something about the history and the reasons for why we have primaries. We are the only country that elects its chief executives in this fashion and I wanted them to understand this history, the faults and how these campaigns work,” he said.
Quinnipiac student and political science major, Jesse Sendroff, chose to work for his uncle, Senator Leiberman. He kept busy during his 10 day trip.
“We did canvassing, phone calls [and] held signs,” Sendroff said. “I was surprised. I really learned a lot.”
The trip came with a course fee that covered lodging, most meals and a seminar room. Professor McLean believes that each of these students came away from the experience with a lot.
“I think they learned something about themselves, that they can be participants in the process and they can make a difference,” McLean said.