PSU students hope transition of power will signify time of unity in the nation

Students at PSU react to the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – “My whole soul is in this. Bringing America together. Uniting our people,” said President Joe Biden during his first address to the nation after being sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.

That message is one that’s giving Pittsburg State University student Jared Bush hope for the future.

“It seems like we’re headed in the right direction. Hopefully we can just continue to improve,” says Bush.

Throughout the day, the Office of Student Diversity had the inauguration on their TV so students could come and watch history unfold between classes.

“I felt very hopeful to see such a large amount of change, and just the atmosphere of people. And the sense of hope that things in this country can get a lot better,” says student Kyle Carr.

Another exciting moment for students, and Vice President of Student Affairs Deatrea Rose — is when Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first female of color to be the Vice President of the United States.

And you better believe Rose had her pearls on.

“There is a movement on social media for women to wear their Chuck Taylors and pearls. It’s for all women everywhere to celebrate this groundbreaking achievement of a first woman vice president, a first woman of color,” says Rose. “It just shows that even in 2021, we are still breaking ground. But we still have a lot of work to do.”

Republican Representative for District two Ken Collins was in Topeka at the time of the inauguration, so wasn’t able to tune in. He does plan to watch the inauguration — and hopes the presidents message of unity is more than just words.

“He’s calling for people to work together. Reach across the isle, talk to the people on the other side. Which I think’s great,” says Collins. “He is our president now. We should pray for him, we should hope the best. And we should, just like any other elected official, if you agree with what’s going on, let him know. If you don’t agree, let him know that too.”