Professors Use Occupy Movement to Engage Students

"Occupy Democracy" teaches students importance of voting

By Sarah Grieco
|  Thursday, Oct 27, 2011  |  Updated 3:39 PM PDT
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Students listen in during "Occupy Democracy" where professors encouraged students to vote.

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Local professors are using the Occupy movement as a way to discuss politics with their students.

Thursday afternoon, professors from Southwestern College held an “Occupy Democracy” event to demonstrate the importance of being involved in local politics.

Professor of Political Science Phil Saenz said the goal is to effect political change and encourage political involvement among people younger than 24.

“I think people want a sense of direction, want a sense of purpose and want to get involved,” he said.

Saenz, along with professors Alejandro Orozco and Victor Chavez, also discussed issues that affect young Americans, such as the rising cost of tuition, textbook prices and taxes.

He stressed that students should register to vote and hopes young people will embrace their civic duty.

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