Students and Alumni Host Annual Homecoming Forum

By Cerella Ferebee

What was the first job that recent Lincoln Graduate Jordan Denson had after graduating—working as a waiter at TGIF.

Denson, ’09,  who received laughter from the audience, was a panelist at the History and Political Science Department’s annual homecoming forum at 4p.m. Thursday in the Ware Center.  The forum titled “What to expect in 2012: Projections and Perspectives,” also included panelist s Kyle Goggans and Annette Collins, both current Lincoln students in the class of 2012. Alumni William Dunbar ‘06 also spoke on the panel with the moderator Zchagiel Monroe ’06. 

“I’m fearful the economy is going the way it’s going, but I’m hopeful that it can be fixed,” said Denson,  who is also concerned for future retirees, like his parents, who may have to live off of savings instead of a retiree pensions.

Monroe gave advice on how important the college experience is with a social life but also touched on how a GPA should be an important factor to be involved with SGA on campus.

Panelist shared their thoughts and perspectives on the upcoming mid-term Presidential election.

Goggans focused on how President Obama’s approach to fix the economy is a process that will take time, and that it was somewhat disheartening that politics is on the rough road to change.

“Jobs are scarce, debt is high and uncertainty is on high alert,” said Goggans.

Collins, who is a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands, shared the significance of Obama’s presidency internationally. She said that after the first election of entering Obama into the Presidency, the hype died down because the results of his presidency weren’t felt in the Virgin Islands.

“The youth didn’t understand that it’s a process. It’s about the youth’s involvement in research and excellence in politics,” said Collins.

Dunbar noticed that the voter turnout decreased during the second election and he said that he hopes that classes(lower class, upper class, middle class) will come together to find a commonality to improve America’s voter turnout rate, starting with local communities. 

In conclusion comments and questions were opened up to the floor. Patricia Blaise, Senior,  was one of the students who commented on how voting in the black community is due to lack of voter education.

“The panel was well informed, they made great points and were not biased towards democrat and republican perspectives,” said Blasie.

Associate Professor of Political Science, Dr.Carl Walton has the goal to expose Lincoln students to Lincoln graduates of the past.

“I want to create an environment to discuss topics politically, socially and culturally,” said Walton.

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