Saturday, October 25, 2008

Student groups on campus are ensuring their voice is heard during early voting - University Star

This story is a complete SPIN and will be discussed in the documentary. Article runs day after the editor advised that there was no more room for election coverage thereby cutting a bio essay of 500 words that I was invited to write for the student population.

If you click on the the link you can see the full front page photo spread the University Star placed of the incumbent and then they handed out this edition to the students in front of LBJ Student Center during early voting box.

The University Star staff were interviewed on tape and admitted this was the first time the paper had handed out the paper at LBJ.

Student groups on campus are ensuring their voice is heard during early voting.
Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 11:45 am | By Teresa Wilburn

"Students gathered in The Quad Wednesday to take part in “Walk to Change,” a march from The Stallions to the early voting polls in the LBJ Center.

The event, organized by Omega Psi Phi and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternities and Black Student Alliance, was an effort to boost early voting on campus and get youths to the polls.

D’Anthony Howard, member of the Alpha Phi Alpha, said the two fraternities worked with Black Student Alliance for nearly a month, promoting early voting to students and faculty.

State Rep. Patrick Rose, D-45, and Councilmember Chris Jones, both up for re-election against Matt Young and Lisa Coppoletta respectively, met a crowd of enthusiastic students, encouraging them to march in unity to the LBJ Student Center to cast an early ballot.

Jones said he was excited to see so many people out in the crowd “ready for change.”

“I want to encourage each and every one of you to reflect while you march today,” he said. “To make changes in your life. First, change the amount of attention you pay to politics.”

Jones encouraged the audience to ask themselves what they can do to get connected politically.

“Spend some time on CNN,” he said. “Understand what they are talking about. Decisions are made by people who show up. That is why you have got to have the knowledge.”

People are ready to get involved, take control, and take charge of our future, he said. According to Jones, decisions related to higher education and taxes are issues students should pay close attention to.

Young people are perceived differently than older voters, he said.

“I want you guys to understand the perception of us: that we do not know anything,” Jones said. “We can change that today by marching and voting.”

Howard said he was excited to see his chapter and surrounding groups show up in large numbers to the event.

“We feel like this is a big election year,” said Howard, biology sophomore. “It is probably the most historic election ever and we feel it is important to be a part of that.”

Ryan Payne, history junior, was one student who participated in the march. Payne is involved with the Roosevelt Institution, a non-partisan policy-making think tank on campus.

“It shows our generation is finally coming together,” he said in reference to Wednesday’s event. “We believe in the American process of politics, and we can change the politics that have made the country so cynical.”

No campaign succeeds if everyone stays at home on the couch, Payne said.

“15,000 (Texas State students) are registered to vote and there are three different democratic mobilization groups, all supporting different candidates, including down-ballot candidates,” he said. “We are changing the way it looks.”

The next early voting opportunities on campus are Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Students need bring a proper I.D."