Editor Speaks Out

By on September 5, 2006

Election? What Election? According to a recent Princeton Review report, this is the question that Quinnipiac students are asking since being named the #2 most apathetic college campus in America.

Usually ranking #2 on a Princeton Review list would be an honor, but not in this category.

This ranking implies, not only that we are not a politically active campus, but that we are completely apathetic. The subtitle of the list is “How popular are political/activist groups?”

Though we may have fewer political groups than other schools, this could be due to the size of the student body. And, it’s not as if we do not have any such groups. Several political groups do exist on our campus: Quinnipiac University Democrats, Quinnipiac University Republicans, Women in Service to Humanity, and the United Nations Association. In addition, we have community service organizations including Community Action Project, and Habitat for Humanity.

True, Quinnipiac is not known for political protests or sit-ins, and it is certainly possible that part of the student body doesn’t know about political issues, but this doesn’t mean that we don’t care about politics.

For the Princeton Review to have a category like this is unfair. It makes me wonder what the criteria are for determining the level of political activity on a campus. If they are going to have a list like this, they should provide background information or include a link to the list of our political organizations. Simply saying that our university as a whole is politically apathetic is a misleading generalization.

This may not be the place for someone who plans on running for Congress, or who expresses their views through demonstrations, but it does not mean that if you have an interest in politics, Quinnipiac is not the place for you.

By designating our school as apathetic, Princeton Review may have prevented us from attracting more politically minded students, preventing us from ever getting off their list.


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