Politically active students at UB excited for Ginsburg

Hear from both democrat and republican students

Mike Baggerman
August 26, 2019 - 3:00 am

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AMHERST, N.Y. (WBEN) - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's appearance at the University at Buffalo on Monday has piqued the interest of politically-active people on the college campus.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg headed to Buffalo

"I think it's a real opportunity for us members to really get to see and hear from a living legend," Hayden Gise, Political Director for UB Democrats and a junior at the college, told WBEN. "A lot of people see her as a real role model and someone to look up to. She's broken through numerous glass ceilings throughout her life and she is truly one of the great legal minds of our time. We really see it as an honor and a privilege to hear from her."

Specific topics that Justice Ginsburg will bring up haven't been made public, but Gise said he hopes to hear her discuss workers rights, especially because he's not too far away from joining the workforce. Gise said he will be in attendance for Ginsburg's appearance.

"We definitely want to hear her weigh in on the rights of unions and making sure that working people are protected," Gise said.

Despite ideological differences, the president of the UB College Republicans, acknowledged that her appearance on Monday is a "great honor" for the school.

"I would certainly be honored to be lectured by a Supreme Court Justice," Dominic Musilli said.

Gise was able to secure a ticket for Ginsburg's appearance, though Musilli wasn't able to.

"She has spent the bulk of her career, if not all of it, fighting for civil rights and for fighting for the rights of working people," Musilli added. "I usually go to those events to observe and see what people had to say...I doubt she's going to get in-depth with any case material or anything she sees upcoming."

Musilli said he would ask Ginsburg what led to her decision during her confirmation process to not discuss upcoming cases. He thinks most people will ask her about civil rights.

Ginsburg, 86, was recently treated for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas on Friday, though the campus said that her appearance in Western New York on Monday was still on as scheduled.

The University at Buffalo's law department declined our requests for an interview on Ginsburg's appearance, citing a request by the communications team for the Supreme Court.

Ginsburg will be presented with a SUNY honorary degree at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts at 11 a.m. She will hold remarks and a discussion at Kleinhans Music Hall at 6 p.m. Both events are sold out.

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