Students weigh in on Kavanaugh

Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been sworn in as the next member of the Supreme Court, despite allegations of sexual assault. Students shared their thoughts on the issue.

Riana Berlenbach | Third-year international business management student

“I’ve heard about it, but I don’t know exactly what’s going on. This might be because of midterms and being busy on midterms week. You kind of cut off everything. I’ve seen tweets of people making fun of him [but] I don’t really know.”

 

Francisco Echavarria |  Third-year finance, real estate law student

“The only thing I have heard about it is that it’s a sexual assault claim from 36 years in the past. And that they’re fighting the issue about whether he’s guilty or not, and that’s just about it. My thoughts from what I’ve seen and heard [are that] there is no set, clear evidence, yet he has six people vetting him so obviously in the clearer sense there’s no evidence. You can judge him as you want, but until he’s proven guilty because in a sense everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

 

Ruth Nuttall | Third-year computer science student

I think that he shouldn’t be a Supreme [Court] judge. He doesn’t have the temperament or the knowledge to be a Supreme [Court] judge. I was talking to my friend about it … he watched the whole video about the trial … and then I watched the ‘Saturday Night Live’ parody of it, and we were both watching it together this morning and he kept commenting on how … it was a parody, but they were basically spot on. And that was so horrible. It was some pretty bad stuff in there. He [Kavanaugh] kept trying to brush things off, like ‘Oh I was just drinking some beers.’ He wasn’t being up-front about anything and he wasn’t agreeing to an FBI investigation or anything. That’s not someone I want to be running the country.”

 

Jordan Jackmon | Fourth-year computer engineering student

“I’ve heard a little bit; I think it’s about sexual assault. I don’t really know that much about it, so I don’t have that many thoughts on it. I think the younger generation doesn’t follow the news that much because we’re busy with school and interacting with people, so there’s not as much time to read the newspaper.”

 

Wilson Lu | First-year environmental biology student

“I have no idea … not enough teenagers, especially college students don’t look at the news. I know I try my best to. I have an NPR app, but I never go on it. And I think it’s time for us to start listening to the news.”

 

Photos and quotes compiled by Staff Writers Taylor Boomsma and Natali Perez

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