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Criminal Justice Club visits exclusive areas in Washington D.C. trip

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Photo courtesy of Connor Murray. Students from the Iona Criminal Justice Club visit the Capitol subway in Washington D.C. during a club trip.

Members of the Iona Criminal Justice Club experienced an eventful trip to Washington D.C. on Apr. 2, supported by the Iona School of Arts and Sciences. The president, Connor Murray ’25, coordinated the trip with club advisor and Iona criminal justice professor Dr. Tyron Pope to include exclusive site visits in the trip. 

Meeting with Officer Amanda Aigle of the Capitol Police, the group took part in a private tour of the Capitol building, the heart of politics in Washington D.C. Students were able to view parts of the Capitol that a public tour wouldn’t see, such as the subway system that senators and congresspeople use to travel between their offices and the Capitol.  

The highlight of this exclusive segment of the tour was entering the private terrace of the Capitol where the President is sworn in, hearing about the presidential swearing in ceremony procedure and history of the terrace.  

Students then visited the Supreme Court Museum, learning about the development of the judicial system and career pathways in the judicial system. Students were able to speak with Capitol Police about their experience in law enforcement and gain insight into the work involved in a law enforcement career.  

The trip also included visits to the Smithsonian Musem of American History and Smithsonian Museum of American Art, where students were able to see the expansive presidential portrait gallery. To conclude the trip, students ate dinner together at the oldest saloon in Washington D.C., the Old Ebbitt Grill. 

Murray believes that the Criminal Justice Club’s trips to Washington D.C. are a staple of the club and promises to continue hosting the trips. “I really loved that our future criminal justice professionals had a chance to follow in the footsteps of leaders that came before them,” says Murray, “We owe a huge thanks to everyone who made the trip possible.” 

Students interested in attending future trips to Washington D.C. should join the Criminal Justice Club and regularly attend meetings. Murray intends to incorporate a tour of the White House into a future trip to Washington D.C., adding even more to this valuable experience. 

All Iona students with an interest in law and law enforcement are welcome to join the club and participate in the trip, regardless of major. To join the club, email Murray at [email protected]. The club meets every other Thursday from 12 – 1 p.m. in Doorley Hall, Room 111.  

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