Lake Erie College students plan activities to promote voter awareness
Decision Week 2008 Oct. 20-24
Game shows and presidential look-a-like contests are one way to grab students’ interest in American politics. In an effort to promote voter awareness, the Lake Erie College Student Government Association (SGA) has planned a week of fun, informative events for the College community October 20-24 titled, “LEC Decision Week 2008.”
Students can learn more about the individual candidates as representatives from all three political parties visit campus to answer questions and provide candidate information. On October 20, representatives from John McCain’s campaign will be on campus, while individuals representing Barack Obama’s campaign will visit on October 21. Representatives from Bob Barr’s Libertarian Party will be on campus October 22. Each group will be present from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on their respective days in the Arthur S. Holden Center.
Students, faculty or staff can also earn “secret service for the day” by dressing like their favorite president and first lady. A look-a-like competition will take place October 20 from 8-10 p.m. in the Holden Arthur S. Holden Center stage area. The winners will receive a mock secret service detail following them to class and lunch for half the day on October 24. Members of the Kappa Sigma fraternity will serve as the secret service.
In addition to the candidate information, students can also participate in Presidential Jeopardy, which will feature celebrity guests, on October 22 from 7-8 p.m. in the Holden Center.
A mock debate will serve as the high point of Lake Erie College Decision Week 2008 on October 23 from 7-8 p.m. in Conant Auditorium. The republican and democratic parties will be composed of two students, one faculty member and one staff member. Associate Professor of Political Science Tom Davis, Ph.D., and Brian Turk, senator for the class of 2010, will moderate the debate and forum, which will follow.
The week’s activities will culminate with a mock election in which students, faculty and staff will cast their votes for the upcoming election on October 24. At the conclusion of the day, the ballots will be counted and the winner will be announced to campus on October 27.
As the organizer of Lake Erie College Decision Week 2008, Turk is excited about the upcoming election and hopes to encourage others to share in his enthusiasm, making an informed decision. “I’ve always had an interest in politics and with this historic election approaching, I thought this was the best time to try and engage students in the voting process,” said Turk.
The candidate informational forum and mock debate are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Professor Tom Davis at 440.375.7170.