Our choice: We’re with her

As editors of The Penn, IUP’s self-proclaimed student voice, we believe it is our duty to endorse the candidate we feel is the better candidate for students. The Penn endorses Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.

To advocate for Clinton simply because she isn’t Donald Trump wouldn’t do justice to Clinton’s record. As college-aged students, Clinton’s actions have already positively affected some of our lives.

She was crucial in the passing and creation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which began helping children in 1997.

In 1995, she declared that women’s rights were human rights in Beijing, allowing women our age worldwide to grow up in a world where girls know they can achieve anything if they work hard enough.

In August, as the first female nominee of a major political party in the U.S., she showed us that women truly can.

We believe that Clinton will work to enhance the lives of all of IUP’s students, of which 17 percent were minority students, nearly 6 percent were international students and 55.75 percent were women in 2014, according to IUP’s website.

After all, as Clinton said in a speech to the University of Pennsylvania in 1993, “What we have to do here at this university and in this country is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities.”

While one candidate will be on trial for a scam university 20 days after Election Day, the other has plans to make college education free for families making under $125,000 a year.

When it comes to which candidate will be better for college students, there really is no question. Clinton is the preferred candidate of college-educated men and women, according to a July 25 New York Times article, and her lead is entirely warranted.

As students of a state university, our main objective is to learn as much as we can, unimpeded. We search for the truth and encourage others to do so. We believe that the objective of journalism is to seek the truth and share that information. Therefore, we cannot condone Trumps’ decision to blacklist major media outlets for several months of his campaign.

Today, the value of diversity is as important as ever. We see continuous racism and xenophobia in Third World countries, but we see it in First World countries, too. In the name of progress, democracy and the belief that all men (and women) are created equal and have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, we cannot afford to vote out of hatred or fear.

The amount of first-time voter registration has risen to 200 million, according to an Oct. 19 Politico article, and we encourage you to use your vote. Vote for your love of the U.S. and your belief that it is already great.

Whoever the next president of the U.S. will be, we hope that person will lend an ear to the questions, concerns and hopes of the voices of all American students.

We acknowledge that Clinton is not perfect. We hope to see her presidency be a transparent one, and plan to call her out if any part of it isn’t.