Eric Franzen makes his to-do list at about 5:30 a.m. each day and hopes to get through half of it. Josh Linde calls the past two months, “the most stressful and packed of my life.”
The reason is simple: The two Augsburg College graduate students are trying to juggle class and campaigning.
Franzen is the Republican candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 60A, an area of Minneapolis that includes Loring Park and Uptown. Linde is running for a seat on the Apple Valley City Council.
With less than a week remaining, the two Augsburg students — who both acknowledge they are underdogs in their races — are looking forward to having schedules that aren’t quite so packed.
“I didn’t realize how much of a toll it would take,” Linde said of the campaign and class combination. “I definitely learned that you have to have balance and that sleeping is important.” Continue reading “Auggies on the ballot”
In a few short weeks, more than 45,000 Republican delegates, party officials, volunteers, and members of the media will be in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro for the 2008 Republican National Convention. From September 1-4, the Twin Cities will host the 39th nominating convention for the Republican Party, the second nominating convention to be held in the Twin Cities. The convention will take place in St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center and will result in the nomination of the Republican candidate for the 2008 presidential election.
Minnesota’s participation in this aspect of the democratic process also brings opportunities to our Augsburg campus. Because of its commitment to civic engagement and service learning, Augsburg was chosen by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars to host 250 students from across the country for a 2-week seminar in conjunction with the RNC. Continue reading “Auggie interns at the RNC — part 2”