The Duquesne Duke, Alexander Wolfe:
Outside, he’s searching for a better internet connection – DuqNet hasn’t exactly been working well for a few weeks – and is able to join a Zoom call with a handful of other volunteers. For the next hour, they begin the first-ever university-authorized voter outreach effort in Duquesne’s history.
The students are paid fellows of the Campus Vote Project working with the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research (CETR). So far, the group has reached out to many students through phone banking. You may have received a text yourself, encouraging you to make a plan to vote this year, or to register.
We sometimes forget about politics or controversy on the Bluff. In my previous three years living on campus, the only truly contentious moment on campus seen in my time was the rainy afternoon the Westboro Baptist Church was scheduled to protest on Forbes Avenue, but the protest was called off due to bad weather.
This year has been quite different. In June, protests occurred on Forbes Avenue that bordered, but never reached, Duquesne’s campus. In September, Dannielle Brown led a march onto campus the same week a professor ‘allowed’ his students to use a racial slur. The Duquesne community has begun to speak up in ways it has not in some time.
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