How Other Colleges Face the Election

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The New York Times front page article. November 3rd, 2008.

This year’s election will be the first that many students across the country and here are participating in. This being the case, it appears the election has taken over Bloomsburg University with a force unlike any other. Bloomsburg’s political passion surrounds the student population but many students are unaware that there are other colleges that shadow Bloomsburg when it comes to the election.

Penn State University has organized many speeches involving very important political figures in order to encourage the students to get involved in the election.

“Sarah Palin, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama came to campus but I can tell you Obama got a crowd that was way larger than the crowd for Palin or Clinton,” said Dyanna Betts, a sophomore at Penn State, “I also see people on campus every single day trying to educate people on where they can vote.”

Connie Saltzman, a sophomore at the University of Delaware, also sees her university providing a lot of great opportunities in order to educate students about the election.

“The University Democrats offer free bus rides to Philadelphia whenever a political event happens,” said Saltzman, “also Biden came for a rally last Friday and Nader was here last night.”

Kutztown University, a Pennsylvania state school, can be compared to Bloomsburg with the amount of political activity going on through campus. Michael McHugh, a senior at Kutztown University, addressed how his campus has tried to increase voter turn out:

“There were people on campus every single day trying to get people to sign up to vote,” said McHugh, “I also see signs everywhere on campus, mostly supporting Obama.”

All three of the students said that they have seen a lot more advertising and support for Barack Obama than they have for John McCain, but they all believe it is because a majority of college students tend to be more liberal.

It seems like every single campus is plagued with the 2008 election. In a matter of hours all of the hype and anticipation will soon be over and students won’t have to be subject to the unknown of who will be the next president of the United States.

The New York Times front page article. November 3rd, 2008.
Photo of New York Time's November 3rd Front Page Article. Taken by Alison Scott.

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