House speaker comes home

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By; Kathleen Woods, Avery Corkins, Austin Hoverder

A former student of Missouri Western is coming back to his alma mater to speak to students about “Bold Solutions.” 

On Thursday, Oct.10, from 12:45-1:45 p.m. in Spratt 101, Missouri Western will be welcoming a speaker with great knowledge to our campus.

Missouri Speaker of the House Elijah Haar and Missouri Western alum will be presenting students with the topic of “Bold Solutions” along with time for Griffon students to ask questions afterwards. This is a prime opportunity to not only get advice from one of Missouri’s political leaders, but for Missouri Western students to ask their own questions and have them answered right on the spot. 

Haar graduated cum laude from Missouri Western in 2005 with undergraduate degrees in history and government and public affairs. He was very present on campus in his time as a Griffon. 

He was a member of the Honor’s Society and was also active in founding Missouri Western’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.

He was also heavily involved with Student Government Association as a Senator and later on President. He then went on to be elected into the Missouri House of Representatives in 2012 and started his role as Speaker of the House in January.

Alumn Kyle Fuson thinks that it is a good idea to have political leaders come and speak at Missouri Western.

“I think it’s important to have events like this on campus because it provides students with an opportunity to learn more about their state legislator and engage themselves in the political community,” Fuson said.

Economics professor Kara Grant says knowing the speakers policies and where he stands will help students in terms of voting and also helps to suggest policies they want to legislators in Missouri.

“I think as students, it’s super important – one – knowing if you want to go into something like political science or economics and inform those decisions later, but also in terms of understanding what these passages are so when you go to vote, you know exactly what they’re talking about,” Grant said. “And having those leaders come on campus, you get a better sense of where they stand.”

Political science professor Edwin Taylor would like to see more political speakers come to Missouri Western.

“It would be wonderful to see any member of our congressional delegation, whether our representative or one of our two senators actually come to campus and talk to students,” Taylor said.

One person he would most like to see come to campus is Pete Budajudge, a centrist who believes his ideas could be of some help.

“I think it would be nice to see students – whether you’re Republican or Democrat, closer to their age – actually engaged in politics,” Taylor said. “And he’s got a very interesting story about how he came to this part of his life. So, I would love to see someone like that come to campus.”