✖ Popup ✖ Ziakovich Z. Art & Design Sophomore Democracy is a collection of voices and minds, like a bunch of mushrooms. Everyone benefits from the enviorment theat surrounds us, yet not one mushroom is bigger or takes up more resources than the rest. ✖ Lexi M. Engineering Democracy to me means possibility. A system of living where the citizens can "reach for the stars" and create a place that they want to live in, where they have the power to paint the government as they want. ✖ Pedro Fonseca Literature, Science, and the Arts First-Year Democracy lies just beyond the bars where even the sky is broken by structure. ✖ Eric Oliveira Music, Theatre & Dance First-Year For me, the most fundamental parts of democracy are the existence of debate, direct vote and more than one party. This is a picture from the House of Commons, in England, a country with a centuries old democracy. The debates in there are the foundation of their democracy. ✖ Hannah Powell Art & Design The concept of democracy is one that is rather complicated and one that takes a different meaning for many people. This image is busy and contains multiple layers, line weights, and textures, exemplifying the multiple aspects off democracy that are needed in order for a country to be fair. ✖ Lauren Strawn Art & Design Democracy is making space for diverse thoughts and ideas. I made this image to represent the multitudes of ways to express individuality during this pandemic, and that idea of individuality relates directly to how an ideal democracy functions. We all adhere to a social contract, and within that social contract we are given space to express our unique perspectives, ie, the decorations on the masks. Without allowing for that expression, democracy becomes an echo chamber of the same ideas being circulated without due critique. ✖ Anonymous Engineering I think this image shows of one of the best abilities of democracy, and that is in its enablement of personal development. Ideas have the ability to spread and proliferate and while that is amazing for a system of government in that it enables rapid betterment of the system, it similarly enables the betterment of humans in that we may share our ideas with each other and use that as an opportunity to learn. ✖ Zan H. Music, Theatre & Dance In this turbulent time, we should revaluate our priorities. Nowadays, Image overrides meaning. Democracy has failed alongside the societal pretense enveloping even the highest offices. ✖ Anna Gaishin Literature, Science, and the Arts First-Year ✖ Dani Canan Literature, Science, & the Arts Democracy to me is the idea that every person contains a universe of complex and intricate ideals and worries and opinions, and everyone’s universe has an inherent validity and a right to be heard. Everyone’s universe is worth listening to, everyone’s universe is of equal importance, and everyone’s universe is beautiful in its own right. ✖ Mason N. Engineering This image depicts a fictional democracy, but a democracy of tyranny. Any democracy allows the majority to rule the minority and can descend into tyranny. Democracy shouldn't be the focus, but instead morals and values. This way all can receive the benefits of justice, and the majority can't abuse their benefits. This way, all can consent to the give and take inherent in social contract. This way, forethought can prevent charismatic speakers from tricking the majority. Yet, all still have equal power. ✖ Kevin Engineering Democracy is about making your voice heard. The best way to make your voice heard is voting. Learn more about your representatives, what their views on policies are, and support causes you are passionate about! ✖ Davis Reinhart Music, Theatre & Dance This picture represents democracy because every member of this jazz orchestra must to listen to each other in order to effectively contribute in making the band sound great and function properly. Every player has a legitimate say in how the music should be conveyed and played. Each sections of the band has their own specific job in serving the band and the leadership between each section changes based on what music the band is playing. ✖ Anonymous Engineering This is an image I found on the internet which I make no claim to owning. I feel that a love and respect of one another in a community and working in the best interest of a community is the foundation of democracy. ✖ Kendra Kleber Engineering Sophomore Voter registration should be automatic. It isn’t because the people in power are trying to suppress youth and marginalized groups voices. By launching a voter registration campaign, and creating this promotional poster (with Katja Ampe), featuring the Bursley emergency eyewash station, an important Living Arts community symbol, we attempt to break down barriers to participation by making the voter registration process more approachable. This is representative of democracy because although our system is flawed, we work with what we have (and work towards future change). ✖ Kendra Kleber Engineering Sophomore Democracy when the roots are literally translated means "rule of the people", and in order for that to happen, people must make their voices heard. This peaceful and socially distanced GEO protest represents everything democracy is, expressing and standing up for what you believe in, even if it goes against the structures currently in place, even against adversity. ✖ Sophie Kane Engineering First-Year This image was taken at a Black Lives Matter protest in June, where a large group of us knelt in the grass outside of our local police department for nine minutes to honor George Floyd. If you look at the photo closely, almost all the protestors, including myself, are white. I’d like to think that this is a great example of democracy in action; everyone, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status, was fighting for a more fair and equal society for all of its citizens. ✖ Isabella Wood Engineering First-Year Democracy isn’t like a box of chocolates, it’s like a box of macarons. You know what you’re getting and have plenty of choices. The US has a two party system and people are forced to vote for politicians they don’t really like and voting third party is often looked down upon. In a true democracy you should have varied choices. ✖ Deb Mexicotte Architecture, Art & Design, Engineering, Information, Music, Theatre & Dance Staff Although I have always been very interested in politics, I had never attended a "protest" gathering - I was more about donations, petitions, and calls to my representatives. But after the 2016 presidential election, I and a best friend felt compelled to travel to Washington, D.C. - with huge caravans from every state - to express our dismay at the electoral outcome. Everything that we had feared that day - and more - has come to pass in the last 4 years, but this picture really captures the energy, outrage, breadth, and hope of that day and was the beginning for many of us finding a voice for democratic resistance... ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ ✖ x Click here to submit your own photo!