AFC and Challenger

So, it has been a point of pride for me that I had not gotten involved with the Student Senate of Wabash College.  It’s not like I had anything against them, I just really, really, really dislike government.  Becuase of my governmental disdain, I had purposefully not gotten involved in campus politics, and yet here I am.  I have accepted an invitation to be on the Audit and Finance Committee of the Wabash College Student Senate.  The AFC is the board of guys that approves the budgets for all of the student-led organizations and clubs.  This might not sound like that big of a task but, each year, Wabash doles out hundreds of thousands of dollars to clubs on campus.  Every dollar of that requested by clubs comes through the AFC.  It feels like it will be a daunting task, but I believe that I can do it.

Moment of explosion. Source:

The other thing that I wanted to mention is that today, in 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger suffered a malfunction and broke apart only 73 seconds into its flight.  This seems like so long ago, but it was only 6 years before I was born.  When I was in middle school, my science teacher, Mrs. Hogan, took our class to the Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana.  The mission of the Challenger Learning Center is “to carry on the educational mission of the Challenger 51-L crew and the first Teacher in Space, Christa McAuliffe”.  If you, like me, had not been alive to witness the live coverage of the event, here is a YouTube link of CNN’s hour-long, live broadcast of the launch and explosion:  I think it is good to remember what these people, and others in the same vein, have sacrificed for the advancement of our knowledge of the universe around us.

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