Goucher College alumnus speaks on American housing crisis


"Paul Reyes, author of "Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida’s Great Recession," discusses his book's development in Buchner Hall at Goucher College Tuesday, February 8, 2011."

Last Tuesday night was one of those moments when academics and athletics collided for me. I had a late night tennis practice off campus, so I was only able to stay for the first ten minutes of Paul Reyes‘ lecture on the American housing crisis and snap a few quick photographs.

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Because I had to leave so early, I don’t have many thoughts on what he had to say about the state of housing itself.

What I did pick up on was how his career as a journalist influenced the production of his book. He mentioned that although he had no formal education in economics or real estate prior to writing his book, his regular reporting and speaking with people in Florida affected by foreclosures gave him a more personalized angle.

I don’t know much about literary journalism, but it was interesting to hear how a journalist can mold lots of pieces of information together into one cohesive body of work.

State of the Union – Boring, but good message for us graduating folk

"Early morning observers gather on the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. Tuesday, January 20, 2009 to await the Inauguration Speech of President Barack Obama."

Here I sit a week later writing about a State of the Union speech that I can barely recall any details about. President Obama chose his words wisely, safely appealing to both Republicans and Democrats while largely avoiding clear and specific policy proposals.

I have to say, it was pretty boring.

But the young, soon-to-graduate-from-college-and-not-exactly-sure-what-he’s-going-to-do-next-yet-strangely-not-worried-at-all kid inside of me resonated with one talking point in an otherwise very long hour of watching.

“Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik, we had no idea how we’d beat them to the moon,” said President Obama, calling for job-creation throughout various fields of science. “The science wasn’t there yet. NASA didn’t even exist. But after investing in better research and education, we didn’t just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs.”

“This is our generation’s Sputnik moment,” he added.

Hey people who are finishing up college this year, this is our “Sputnik moment.” Let’s get excited about going into the world. We’re young. We’re smart. We’re energetic. We’re hip.

A rough job market? No worries. Let’s change it.