Lee’s Eden Davis sees big value in awareness
by DAVID DAVIS Managing Editor
Nov 19, 2012 | 1003 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Eden Davis, left, a Lee University freshman, interviews U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in the math and science building Nov. 1. Banner photo, DAVID DAVIS
Eden Davis, left, a Lee University freshman, interviews U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in the math and science building Nov. 1. Banner photo, DAVID DAVIS
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It seemed Eden Davis was another student reporter questioning U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander during a media availability at Lee University.

The senator and former Tennessee governor was in Cleveland Nov. 1 to announce a combined choir from Lee University would perform at the inauguration of the president of the United States of America.

Davis, however, was questioning the legendary politician from East Tennessee on future topics for discussion at the Coffee House Club, a club she founded after seeing a mural at Starbucks. The club is an unofficial club on campus, but she is hopeful the university will recognize it in the spring.

“What started the idea is, I was sitting in Starbucks and saw this mural of people talking and debating over coffee,” she said. Though she thought discussing politics over coffee was “kind of weird,” the freshman political science major did some research and found that people met in coffeehouses in colonial times and discussed plans on how to make the country better.

Not too much different than Americans from nearly 250 years ago, she believes her generation will also be politically active because every decision made by current government leaders affects young people.

“We meet once a week and discuss political and economic issues in society and on campus,” she said. “To me, politics are not just only in Washington, but here at home on campus, in the community and the state. We have to know about the government so we can make better choices.”

Davis started the club in October with one other person. The fledgling discussion group boasted eight members by the time Alexander made his announcement.

“We have discussed the economy, small colleges versus big colleges,” she said. “For instance, a lot of people don’t respect community colleges because they think it is just something to do to get ready for four-year colleges. People should be aware there are differences between small colleges, trade schools and tech colleges.

“We’re raising awareness on taxes, why we should pay taxes and the purpose of taxes and we’re also discussing political parties, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.”

Davis said prior to the presidential election that there was a strong feeling among the group that Obama would be re-elected to the White House in spite of some Northern states that seemed to be leaning more toward Romney.

She appreciates politicians who stand on Christian principles and actually follow through on campaign promises.

“What bothers me about politics is the fact that it has so many negative influences and lying. I believe if a governor or senator promises to do something during their campaign, they should do the very best to actually go through with it and not just put on a show,” she said.

Davis, from Huntsville, Ala., plans to attend law school at the University of Alabama or Baylor University after graduating from Lee, and eventually become a defense attorney — a desire planted and nurtured by her grandmother.

“We had playtime and we would make it court. We’d have guilty parties, judges, lawyers and we would create cases. Grandmother wanted me and my sister to be aware of laws,” Davis said.

Her parents, David and Judy, own a farm where they raise cattle. She has a sister named Hope. They are a close-knit family and her grandparents live nearby. They all attend the Methodist Church.

“We were very close growing up and we had really good principles. One of them I love is: Judge ye lest ye not be judged; which goes back to: How are we to judge people if we are as guilty as they are? I think that also has to do with my interest in law.”

Davis would like to see more awareness in Americans and be more proactive in solving issues, rather than pointing fingers.