The Buck Stops Here

NYSE

Editor's Note: The recap of this trip was shared by RACC Professor Mary Lou Kline with minor editorial adjustments.

Twenty-five RACC students, four guests and three faculty members recently traveled to New York City. We left at 5 a.m. arriving shortly after 8 a.m. We walked to the NY Stock Exchange passing Trinity Church and Alexander Hamilton's grave along the way. Some of the students viewed the inside of this historical church.

We were welcomed into the Exchange by my friends who run the Teachers' Workshop over the summer and shown to the Members' Gallery where we watched the Opening Bell ceremonies. Opening Bell was rung by an organization of CEO's who have formed an organization called fixthedebt.org. We then were escorted to the floor of the Exchange where the students spoke with "market specialists" who explained their functions as stock market traders.

After the Exchange, we visited the Museum of American Finance, followed by lunch, a visit to the Federal Reserve exhibits and gold vault, and, for those who chose to, the 9/11 Memorial. All were aboard the bus and ready to make the trip home just before 6 p.m. It was a very successful adventure. Mark Chester, JoAnn Rawley and I seem to make a very good team. I am grateful for their assistance.

As I write this, it is hard to believe that the very spots we stood upon in Battery Park became flooded Monday night, especially since we walked right past the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel which has been shown numerous times on the news as being completely filled with water.