Maryville College students gather to watch inauguration

Maryville College students gather to watch inauguration

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Students gather at Maryville College to watch the inauguration. Students gather at Maryville College to watch the inauguration.
"It gives you a sense of knowledge of what's going on in our country and what the president is about," said student Jerica Johnson. "It gives you a sense of knowledge of what's going on in our country and what the president is about," said student Jerica Johnson.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - As thousands gathered in Washington, D.C. to watch President Obama be sworn in for his second term, many gathered around their televisions at home to watch.

At Maryville College, a large screen was put up for students to witness the moment in history.

"I think watching the inauguration is very beneficial to the students on campus, and myself, because it gives you a sense of knowledge of what's going on in our country and what the president is about," said student Jerica Johnson.

"I felt it was important because our generation, we already don't keep up with the news, and current issues like this, so it's just a moment in history that we will always remember," said student Iman Harris.

School officials hope students will take something away from experiencing this historic event.

"This only happens every four years, so beyond the fact of capturing a moment in American history it's pretty special the fact we are seeing an African American president, first ever, and first re-elected African American president is pretty special," said political science professor Mark O'Gorna. "The fact it occurs on Martin Luther King Day, it symbolically could not be more powerful."

Even though students at Maryville College could not be there in person, they do have some advice for the president on his next four years.

"Not let the negative outweigh the positive things that you are going to do with the next term," said Johnson.

"Pretty much just empowering our young generation, and to challenge students, and just getting us more involved in education," said Harris.

Students also participated in several other activities for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday.

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