Today UMass Lowell kicked-off its new Author Series with U. S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. Before a crowd in the lobby, along the rails up to the fourth floor and on the sweeping stairway of the newly opened University Crossing, the Senator talked about her early life and then read excerpts from her recent book “A Fighting Chance.” During her introduction and throughout the hour, the audience loudly applauded and rose to their feet in appreciation of the Senator and her comments. She was vital, energetic and engaged as she answered audience questions. To my question of what was the most important issue facing her in the Senate today – without hesitation she responded “the question of who the government works for….” She talked about the costs of student loans, leadership, the role of women, Wall Street and much more. Chancellor Meehan introduced the Senator and later asked the audience questions.
The audience included Warren campaign supporters and Art Ramalho and his wife Rita seated right in the front row along with Senator Eileen Donoghue, State Reps Tom Golden, Corey Atkins and Sean Garballey – a UMass Lowell alum – and Rady Mom the Democratic nominee for State Rep in the 18th Middlesex District where UMass Lowell resides. Many alums of the Elizabeth Warren senate campaign were on hand as well as students from Westford Academy and, of course, many UMass Lowell students and staff.
It was my first visit to University Crossing. It is a beautiful place for students, staff and visitors. I’ll be back.