PSP&G students present their work at the CREATE conference

The CREATE Conference – Celebrating Research Excellence and Artistic Talent at Eastern, will run this Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, April 17-18. Among the 170 students presenting their work are our own political science, philosophy and geography (PSP&G) students: Matthew Hicks, Je’Quana Orr, Harrison McNair and Alexander Zacharie. Come and support them if you can!

 

Additional information and the program can be found at: http://www1.easternct.edu/create/ or click here for the CREATE Program

“Dig Into Democracy” debate, Wednesday April 8

Come to the “Dig Into Democracy” debate Wednesday, April 8, in Room 223 in the Student Center at 7 p.m. This debate will explore the issue of corruption in American government and ways we can fix it. Free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream will be provided. The event is sponsored by Represent ECSU (representecsu@gmail.com; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/activateeasternct).

 

 

Internship with Senator Murphy’s Hartford Office

By Kevin Schaffner

A requirement for all political science majors is to complete an internship before graduation. Knowing that one must reach out beyond school grounds to finish an education can be a daunting task but it is actually much easier than you may think.

Political Science internship opportunities are plentiful especially in the state capitol. I recently found myself in one such position. At the office of Senator Murphy in Hartford, I have been given the opportunity to serve the constituents of Connecticut while at the same time experiencing politics first hand and completing a graduate requirement. Along with participating in normal day to day office functions I have had the opportunity to attend a number of events of where I’ve had the honor of meeting a several notable figures including Congressman Larson, Mayor of Hartford Perdo Sagarra, and State Congresswoman Hilda Santiago, just to name few. Besides the opportunity to create valuable connections, this internship has provided the unique chance to help serve constituents. This comes in the form of casework. Casework ranges from constituents having difficulty with receiving electricity to helping people find affordable state housing. It is rewarding and humbling to be able to help a person who may not have any other options.

 Now being half way complete with my internship I have realized the importance such a requirement as it allows a near graduate to form the foundation of a career in public service. If you doubt the importance of an internship I beg you to rethink your stance and apply, apply, apply. Even if you decide not to apply to the Office of Senator Murphy, there are dozens of offices in Hartford that provide a solid ground for those who look to enter politics.

Polisci student organizes event to discuss police brutality and basic rights

By Adjana Bouzi

For the past few years we have, nationally, seen many people killed at the hands of the police due to excessive use of force. On the recent shooting in Ferguson, the question of what should be done has been highly discussed. Certainly, there are different viewpoints on whether the amount of force used by police is excessive or required, but an understanding of each others viewpoint may be the beginning of finding a solution. I have always wanted to help illuminate the facts behind the issue and my senior seminar provided me an opportunity to work with a fellow classmate and set up this event. I believe that this panel has shed light on some of the unfortunate circumstances that has taken place over the years and educated people on what their rights are. The viewpoints of both police enforcement and ordinary people was presented by police officers and those who had an encounter with the police. I really hope that this event will be the beginning of eradicating the trend of police brutality.

ECSU Student reflects on protest in Paris against Putin

By Sabreena Croteau

 During my semester abroad last spring in Paris, I witnessed many protests and demonstrations, from all kinds of different groups. On any given day, I could be walking on into a number of famous or central locations and feed myself in the midst of a demonstration, the street closed to cars and so many police officers decked out in rally gear, prepared for it to take a turn for the worst. Unlike the United States, where protests and demonstrations are not too common and it takes a lot to bring one on, protests are part of daily life for the French, especially Parisians. One could even argue that where Americans don’t protest enough, the French protest too much, turning this political tool into a boy-who-cried-wolf sort of situation.

 

Protesters in Paris demanding the French government to take action against Putin for Russia’s intervention in Ukraine

 

One particular protest, though very small, stands out in my mind as particularly interesting. I was walking into the St. Michel area, about a block from my apartment for lunch – a crepe naturally – and I came across this small protest unexpectedly. As seen in the photo, this is a group of people protesting the invasion of the Ukraine by Russia. There were various people going into the center of the semi-circle of protesters to make speeches. They were all trying to call the French government to act against Russia. The main fear seemed to be that Putin (Poutine their signs said) had his eyes on more than just the Ukraine. One poster went as far as to suggest a World War III. In general, they were saying that Putin had to be reprimanded because his willingness to invade the Ukraine posed a national security threat to France. What was also interesting was the location of this protest. This occurred right across the street from Notre Dame de Paris, in the center square of a section of pedestrian roads lines with bars, cafes, restaurants, and shops… so a very touristic area that, other then this, I never saw another protest take place here. They were clearly trying to catch the attention of more than just French people, some signs were in English.

 

 Like I said, it was a very small protest, much smaller than a lot of the others I’d seen. There weren’t even any police there. But the content and location were the interesting part. I wondered if this group was a minority, or if a lot of French citizens felt this way about Russian expansionism… Or maybe how much of Europe on the whole might feel or have felt this way.