September 29, 2022

MCLA a home for political candidates? – Lighthouse

Is MCLA a home for local government officials? Presumably.

With the recent announcement that MCLA senior Paula Kingsbury-Evans will oppose State Rep. John Barrett III in the upcoming Democratic primary, making two MCLA seniors over the past year run for political office.

Kingsbury-Evans was part of Josh Vallieres’ campaign team during his mayoral run, from which he later dropped out and joined the school committee.

The Beacon thinks it’s important not only to report this news fairly and accurately, but to commend MCLA students for having the courage to grab the bull by the horns and do something that could change their community.

It’s easy to go to college, graduate, and get a desk job in a place where you’re likely disconnected from work and living on the weekends.

It seems, at least from what the Berkshire Eagle headlines have read over the past year, that MCLA’s political science department has actually implemented something in its students that encourages them to be proactive in political change.

They are not afraid to campaign, clean up their image, come together to answer the tough questions, and assert themselves as legitimate candidates for public office.

This deserves some applause. Especially when you consider how many people enjoy complaining about public issues without making the slightest effort to actually change the issue, and that comes from your college newspaper.

MCLA students don’t sit and complain, they act. This principle has been proven over and over again. When MCLA students need transparency or clarity, they ask for it. When something isn’t accessible to everyone on campus, we fix it. When something needs to be changed or a new program, room or club needs to be created, we make it happen.

That’s what we achieved at The Beacon. We are proud to see other pioneers stepping up in the face of adversity and trying to make an impact in the community.

Considering this, Vallieres and Kingsbury-Evans both took an untraditional path of campaigning while full-time students.

Now tell me baby boomers… why are you worried about our generation? Sure, Gen Z and Millennials may be more consumed with their phones, but we’re not afraid to break down barriers either.

To be clear, this is not a political endorsement, but an attempt to draw attention to the fact that MCLA produces thinkers who push boundaries and challenge norms.