“For my part as editor-in-chief of the Washington University Political Review, I’ve noticed an incredible surge in student political interest.”
Biography: Gregory Allen considers himself a political junkie. And what better place for the 20-year-old junior to be than on a university campus that is hosting a vice presidential debate.
A political science major, he spends his extracurricular time writing and editing — what else? Political commentary, of course. He is editor-in-chief of the Washington University Political Review, the University’s only campus publication dedicated to politics.
He says the political magazine’s purpose is “to foster awareness of political issues on campus,” by providing “friendly and open avenues of discussion and debate for any and all political ideas, regardless of ideology or party affiliation.
“Every member of our staff is dedicated to the goal of increasing the commitment of our campus to awareness and well-reasoned political discourse about the events and policies that shape our world,” says Allen.
He is thrilled that others are as excited about this presidential election — his first to vote in — as he is.
“My friends who previously would make only the occasional political comment are suddenly all ravenously consuming newspapers, video feeds and blogs for the latest scoop,” says Allen.
“I’ve got more people looking to write for the magazine than I’d ever dreamed of. No matter what anyone says, Wash. U. students care about politics in this country.”
And Allen knows a thing or two about debates as well. A 2006 graduate of Blue Valley High School in Stilwell, he was the Kansas High School State Debate Champion in both 2005 and 2006. In 2006, he also was the 4th Speaker in Policy Debate at the National Forensics League National Tournament, and in 2007, he was the Outstanding Delegate at the University of California, Berkeley, Model United Nations Tournament.
Hometown: Olathe, KS
Major/minor: Political science
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