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influence of living in a changed world continues for the next
group of UCLA students to head to Washington. At least one-fourth
of the selected applicants for the Spring Quarter are focusing their
projects on a September 11-related topic.
studies major Cynthia Determan '02, for example, plans to research
government expansion that has resulted from the attacks. "Prior
to September 11, there was a trend to minimize government and cut
back on bureaucracy. But September 11 changed the government's agenda
to one that must provide security in this time of crisis,"
Determan says. "I chose this research topic because, although
the events that took place on September 11 resulted in a lot of
pain, I feel a lot of positive reforms have also resulted. Going
to Washington right now opens up a tremendous learning opportunity
for me: analyzing the history that is being made in our nation's
says he is encouraged by the enthusiasm and vigor of the students
pursuing the Washington program.
of the remarkable things is the renewed interest in public service,"
Berman says. "The attack on America has had a lot of implication
for young people regarding what they want to do."
30 more UCLA students prepare to head to Washington this spring,
they will be greeted by the words of director Berman that are posted
on the center's Web site:
events of September 11 have not dimmed our great vision for the
future. Indeed, the very idea of public service has never been more
important. For me personally, the words written on the seal of the
University of California that are also inscribed above the front
door of 1608 Rhode Island Avenue 'Let There Be Light'
serve as a constant reminder not only of the future, but that young
people like yourselves will help shape that world."