Concordia Turns Orange

Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2012 by

Unless you’ve been under a rock or on the moon or in a cave the past few days, you undoubtedly know Election Day was on Tuesday. The Moorhead DFLers are feeling pretty great right about now by getting Barack Obama, Amy Klobuchar, and Collin Peterson re-elected. We also got Ben Lien elected to the State House of Representatives and Kent Eken elected to the State Senate. Perhaps most importantly, we defeated the two hurtful, controversial constitutional amendments.

Volunteers with Minnesotans United for All Families, the official organization against the marriage amendment, were out on Concordia’s campus (always more than 100 feet from Knutson, mind you) getting students fired up to vote. So many people registered on Election Day at both Concordia and MSUM that the election judges ran out of voter registration forms. Now THOSE are some voter turnout numbers. It was great to see so many Cobbers with “I voted No” stickers!

When the polls closed in Minnesota, the first numbers in about the marriage amendment showed the “no” side winning with about 60%. I knew it would get a lot closer. Hours passed, and the “yes” side grew closer and closer to 50%. Then something remarkable happened. The estimated percentage of “yes” votes started lowering. And lowering. And lowering. Yes, it was still extremely close, and even now, the final estimated percentage of “yes” votes is about 47%, but that still is not enough to write discrimination into the Constitution. I am proud to say that I voted No.

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I’m Dan. I am a Spanish major after studying music education for two years, and I am in the class of 2015. Being a newfound Spanish scholar after training to become a teacher shows my diverse interests—I love languages, I love music, and I love learning. Most importantly, I get a lot of fulfillment from advocacy. Most recently, I have been assisting the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired communicate via the telephone. My favorite things to do at Concordia are the CEC events like grocery bingo, theme dances, and trivia night. I grew up as the youngest of three children in the metropolitan town of St. Anthony Village, Minnesota. My house is literally a mile away from the city of Minneapolis, and I love every aspect of the city–unique shops, diverse people, and amazing arts.

When I’m with my friends, I enjoy playing board and card games (though they can get intense), watching TV and movies (I’m a huge fan of 30 Rock, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and reality TV), thrifting, and spending hours just chatting. Meeting friends who have these same interests as me has been one of the best parts of being at Concordia!