To ask or not to ask — that is the question.

By Lauren Ehrler

435.

That’s how many legislators make up the U.S. House of Representatives. That’s also about how many students are participating in The Washington Center’s Presidential Inauguration seminar.

Now imagine getting up in front of those 435 people and asking a question. That’s 435 heads turning in your direction as you approach the microphone. That’s 870 eyes watching… waiting…

A handful of Drake students have overcome that fear several times this week already, posing thoughtful and concise questions to our lineup of impressive speakers.

Courtney Howell voices her opinion on gun control. Photo by Noelle Smtih.

Courtney Howell voices her opinion on gun control. Photo by Noelle Smtih.

Courtney Howell

Topic: “Gun Control” with Brian Lamb, Executive Chairman and Founder of C-SPAN

“I think social media is exacerbating the problem of stigmatization of those with mental health problems. In this conversation we are referring to people with mental health problems as ‘them,’ instead of as people, like us. We all have issues and its not fair to blame gun problems on people with mental health issues.”

Drew Kaufman picking the brains of two Washington journalists. Photo by Noelle Smith.

Drew Kaufman picking the brains of two Washington journalists. Photo by Noelle Smith.

Drew Kaufman

Topic: “The President and Congress in a Polarized Capital” with David Welna, Congressional Correspondent for National Public Radio and Ken Walsh, Chief White House Correspondent for U.S. News & World Report

“By most accounts, Republicans didn’t win in November. Do you think this will make them more likely to negotiate? And will this strengthen the position of Democrats and President Obama?”

Lauren Ehrler wants to know if running negative ads is responsible campaigning. Photo by Noelle Smith.

Lauren Ehrler wants to know if running negative ads is responsible campaigning. Photo by Noelle Smith.

(I even got my chance today, too!)

Lauren Ehrler

Topic: “The Impact of Super PACs on American Politics” with Rodell Mollineau, President of American Bridge 21st Century.

“Attack ads may work, but is that the right way to run a campaign? Is it responsible? Is it ethical?”

For a few good question asking tips, check out: “Not All Questions Are Created Equal.”

Advertisements

One thought on “To ask or not to ask — that is the question.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s