Students educated on election issues
As Election Day draws near, the Office of Civic Engagement encouraged students to become educated on election issues through their event “What am I voting for?.” Wednesday outside of Susquehanna.
The event informed students about the questions on the ballot and the presidential candidates’ views.
Students spun a wheel and answered questions regarding either President Barack Obama or former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s views on issues such as foreign policy, education, economy, environment and health care.
The event also featured a trifold display that discussed each question on the Maryland ballot.
If they answered a question right, they received a pin advocating for voter participation.
Senior Emanuel Kidd participated in the event, and said he learned a lot from the information provided.
“It’s good that they’re bringing the questions to public consciousness in the campus community,” he said. “I had previously not known anything about Questions 1, 2, and 3. I also thought the information was presented in a balanced way.”
Adam Jackson, graduate student in the Office of Student Activities, devised the event.
“Generally speaking, voting is a tool that we use to voice our opinions about issues we care about,” he said. “Students should be more engaged and if they aren’t, they will just be bystanders.”
The Office of Civic Engagement, Student Government Association, and University Residence Government are also preparing events for You Only Vote Once [YOVO] Week.
Interim Coordinator for Civic Engagement Angie Hong said the Office of Civic Engagement is scheduling a week of events leading up to election day Nov. 6, beginning Oct. 29.
One such event, a New York Times Lunch Talk, will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 30 in the Union. Students will be allowed to discuss and debate topics including attack ads, challenges facing the candidates in swing states in the election and third party candidates.
The Monday before Election Day a student debate representing the Libertarian, Democrat and Republican parties will take place. There will also be an election night party held in Paws the night of the election.