This week we were honored to welcome Dr. Bill Antholis as the speaker at our meeting. A UVA grad, Dr. Antholis currently serves as the Director of the Miller Center at UVA. During his speech, he presented the Miller Center's research on the first year of a President's term. This was insightful as it contextualized the Trump administration thus far. Dr. Antholis described Trump’s presidency as “at a crossroads” and likely to rewrite the relationship between the President, his party, and the electorate. With the amount of rhetoric used in political discourse, this presentation of actual data about the first year of President's term was insightful.
Unfortunately, UVA closing facilities due to snow meant that we had to cancel our previously scheduled meeting featuring Professor Gerald Warburg as a speaker. However, we didn't let the snow go to waste! Many of our members enjoyed the snow on the Lawn, with some partaking in a snowball fight. With many students stressed due to midterms, this was just the remedy.
Today we returned from Spring Break by holding a phone bank for Conor Lamb's Congressional campaign in Pennsylvania. Our members were excited to engage in campaign activities for the first time since the historic state elections in Virginia in 2017, and wish Mr. Lamb luck in his upcoming special election.