There may not seem to be much in common between a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was a graduate student more than 40 years ago and an Olympic gold medalist who’s still an undergraduate. But when George Will *68 and Joey Cheek ’11 shared the podium in McCosh 50 Sept. 15, they delivered similar messages, pushing the Class of 2014 towards civic engagement.
Will and Cheek were among the speakers at Wednesday’s “Reflections of Service” forum, an annual freshman orientation event sponsored by the University’s Pace Center for Civic Engagement.
Will, a columnist for The Washington Post
, urged the Class of 2014 to become politically active, calling political participation an important form of civic engagement.
“I don’t care whether you’re Democrats or Republicans, Libertarians or vegetarians,” he said. “Give some thought to engage in the tremendous fun of electoral politics.”
Will also warned against defining civic service too narrowly. Making money and helping people, he argued, are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
“Doing a job well in the United States, almost any job, is a form of civic engagement in that it makes the country prosper,” said Will. “Creating wealth is a form of helping our country.”