By Lindsay Huffman
Most people know about the issues that today’s government faces. However, a much smaller number of people actually want to become politicians. On Tuesday, people were able to hear about one person’s real-life experiences in government. “Listen Up Legislators,” an event sponsored by Eastern’s Student Government Association, was hosted Nov. 3 in Walnut Hall.
The speaker was Harry Moberly, the executive vice president for administration at Eastern and a state representative.
Moberly discussed his time at Eastern and his experiences in politics. Moberly, who has served as a representative since 1980, said the first thing he learned was compromise.
“Those who get elected reflect the district in which they get elected,” Moberly said. “There are a lot of different people, a lot of different cultures and people with a lot of different interests.”
Moberly also said that networking was a key factor in political success.
“You need to learn the system . . . you need to make the right connections and get on the right committees,” he said.
According to Moberly the biggest problem facing government and Eastern is money. He said the current economic situation affects the federal and state governments, thereby affecting public institutions such as Eastern.
“The quandary for any institution is that you want to keep tuition as low as possible, but you have to make cuts somewhere,” Moberly said.
He said Eastern wants to focus on three goals-student success, regional stewardship and the Quality Enhancement Plan.
“Because of the higher education culture, you have to move in the right direction, but it goes slower than you might like,” he said.
Despite these issues, Moberly encouraged students to get involved in politics and be active citizens.
“It’s hard to get people interested in politics,” Moberly said. “There is so much negativity in the media; people think politics is a sleazy affair.