Diana Ecker on 17 Apr 2008 09:54 am
Out of frustration from tonight’s debate in Philadelphia, I removed myself from the glare of the television to reflect on what happened last Sunday.
It was the Compassion Forum, held at our school. The two people who happened to be debating this evening also happened to be the subjects of the forum. I also happened to get a golden ticket, allowing me to attend.
As a student at Messiah College, I had a great sense of pride seeing the candidates on campus, and felt as though the faith leaders brought fair and important questions to the forum.
This is a pretty interesting re-cap from Christianity Today:
For a full transcript of the event, go here:
Now, let’s discuss what happened before I walked through the airport, I mean security checkpoint to enter the balcony of Brubaker Auditorium.
Some friends and I entered campus from the front entrance, greeted by DividedWeFail.org representatives, and Pro-Life people. (The kind who hold giant posters of dead fetuses, twice as tall as the 2 year old child walking around in front of it.) Once we got past them, I separated myself from my cell phone, and got in line. Soon, a cheer erupted from the students waiting in the “hope for a ticket” line. Was Willy Wonka here to shake hands with us in the cloudy dusk drizzle? No, it was only Kim Phipps as she hurried by with a kind wave. She had to get to her front row seat! (love her.)
All in all, it was truly a strange experience seeing CNN’s “election bus” outside. It was the first time I have ever been to any kind of political event, and I suppose I can say that it is not something I fell in love with.