"Honestly, I never noticed anything different. I'm not sure if that's because we're a private university or not, but I didn't notice any cutbacks in hours, staff, services anything. Maybe I'm not observant enough, but if I didn't follow the news, I wouldn't have known anything was going on at all."
—sophomore Jeffery Cornelison
—Nicholas Carnes, assistant professor of public policy
"if it had continued, then my mom would have been out of work by Nov. 1. She's a teacher at a Head Start program and they get government funding. Co-workers of hers were out of a job by the first week of October."
—freshman Ana Maria Maganto Ramirez
"About f---ing time."
—sophomore June Zhang.
"Come January, it's just going to happen all over again. It seems kind of pointless It's going to be less than six months—four months. I don't think they're going to reach an agreement by that time."
—sophomore Brendon Colbert
"They knew the day they were going to come back and restart the government. I'm happy the government is back—people can go back to work earning money, but I think... the fate of millions of people just depends on politicians just playing mind games with each other."
—Pratt graduate student Abraham Chukwuka
"I tried to change my Social Security name and all the offices were shut down everywhere. It's not just Congress it's affecting everyone. It's a lot more than people know.
—freshman Robert Lee
"I think it comes down to people prioritizing jobs and actual government than their own grandstanding,"
—senior Caitlin O'Neill
"It seems like the Republicans are holding Obamacare hostage and they're trying to win a battle that they already lost.... Bipartisan rivalry always exists and it is always a possibility for the government to shutdown. It's really disappointing that the government would put that kind of conflict over the well-being of our nation."
—sophomore Medha Gudavalli
"It's putting people's health in danger. Our foods not being inspected, services crucial to survival were shut down all for a political power struggle. the point of government isn't supposed to be focused on one issue while completely forgoing all others."
—sophomore Joanna Kuang
"The Republicans were just waiting for the shutdown to last 20 weeks so they couldn't legally abort it."
—sophomore Max Staebler
am thrilled that the members of Congress decided to cooperate. They sent a strong
message to the American public that in the end, true cooperation is the only
thing that keeps us going. I'm glad they finally set their egos aside because
now that we have our government open, those issues that remained unresolved can
be worked on without punishing the American public."
—senior Hannah Ward
government shutdown is over? That's pretty cool, I guess. I can't wait for my
life to continue functioning as always."
—senior Andrew Yuan