Comedians, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, recently held the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.” The rally served as a venue for individuals not concentrated in political extremes to make their voices heard, serious or not. Here are what some Juniata students had to say about their personal experience at the event:
Edward Sinnes `12, Waldorf, Md.: All of my senses were absorbed by people because there were so many of them. Other than that, it was funny and cool to see [all of the] famous people. There were not many serious messages. Instead, the messages were fun.
Andrew Sinnes `09, Waldorf, Md.: I found it heartening to see so many people there with such an upbeat attitude, and I found it difficult to deal with because there were so many people. I could not see or hear what was going on up front.
Myriah LaChance `12, Littleton, Colo.: I thought that it was an incredible experience and definitely a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity. The message at the rally was very inspiring, and it was great to have a large group of people gathered where you could see their sanity. They were not yelling about abortion or gay rights and whether they are right or wrong. The people attending the rally were so polite, and Jon Stewart’s message really rang through that day. You could tell that people were really taking it to heart.
Nicky Deak `12, New York, N.Y.: I thought the signs were absolutely hilarious and amazing to see. I find it nice to know there are so many people that who realize that today’s political scene is more about the media than about substance.
Darcy Stock `13, Kreamer, Pa.: I thought it was really great. Most of the time, I could not see anything. The message was fabulous because the extremism that we now have in our country is causing hate and preventing us from getting anything productive done. We need to end the extremism.
-Aaron Adams ’12, Juniata Online Journalist