UMD students weigh in on the inauguration

Updated: January 20, 2021 06:41 PM
Created: January 20, 2021 02:42 PM

Only one woman could eclipse Lady Gaga on Wednesday for a group of UMD students. And she's know addressed as Madam Vice President.

"We were crying like babies in the back here. It's a great day to have a woman in office, yes," shared Annie Counihan and Madison Boots, who are in the Congress and Presidency class at UMD.

About 35 of them watched the inauguration during their normal lecture hour. Their professor, Cindy Rugeley, Ph.D., said, "Even the more conservative students were very much interested in Kamala Harris and the history being made today."

Miranda Sibell, a sophomore from Hibbing, took a study break to watch in the Kirby Student Center. "It's an important historical event, and my family has raised me to believe certain things. Throughout the past couple of months, it's evident that tension has been high across the country. I think it's exciting to watch what's happening, including the Inauguration today," she told us.

It's a day for the new administration, which will provide plenty more material for political science classes. "You can argue about what our country is going through right now. But as far as students observing history and commenting on it, and applying it directly to theories, it's pretty special for them," Rugeley added.

And it didn't hurt to have the powerhouse voices singing the national anthem and more.

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