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Les Aspin students get a front seat on government shutdown

By Jessie Bazan, communication senior

There’s rarely a dull moment in the nation’s capital especially this week say the Marquette student interns spending the semester at the Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington, D.C.

Maddie Chouanard, an arts and sciences senior, and Theo Syslack, a communication junior, were seated in the Senate gallery Tuesday at midnight when the government officially shut down. The fallout, they say, has been crazy to witness.

“It’s weird to be in the Capitol now and not to see any tours or anything going on,” says Chouanard, who spent the day answering constituent phone calls. “There are news cameras everywhere. There’s a lot of activity going on outside, but when you get inside, it’s just quiet and creepy.”

The individual legislative offices decide if they will keep their interns working during the shutdown. Some interns, like Chouanard, continued with business as usual, while others, including Syslack, had the day off and were free to walk around and soak in the mayhem.

“I don’t know if there was a better time to be out here,” Syslack says. “This is kind of fun to watch it all unfold in front of us.”

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