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College Students Were Actively Involved in 2004 Presidential Election, Says Survey

College students aren’t always taken as seriously by politicians as they should be.  After all, as the old (and increasingly outdated) logic goes, college students don’t vote as much as other groups (like elderly people), so why pay lots of attention to the issues that matter to them?

Well, college students are voting more than they used to, and overall, they are increasingly interested in and involved in the political process.  In fact, here’s a Fact Sheet about student political participation in the 2004 election that was compiled by CIRCLE, the Center for Information & Research on Civil Learning & Engagement.  According to to a survey of students by CIRCLE:

  • More than 85 percent of students followed the 2004 campaign at least somewhat closely.
  • About 43 percent of students followed the campaign very closely.
  • Nearly 90 percent of students were registered to vote.
  • About 77 percent of all students voted — compared to a voter turnout of only 42 percent nationwide among voters 18-24.
  • Students didn’t just vote in the highly publicized presidential and Senatorial races. Instead, almost 80 percent of the students who voted cast a vote for other candidates as well.
  • Nearly three-quarters of students said that they had conversations about the election at least once a week.  A third of students had conversations about the elections almost every day.

So who did students vote for?  The students in this survey preferred John Kerry, who earned 55 percent of their votes to George Bush’s 41 percent (a trend that echoed the national youth vote as a whole).  Support for Kerry was the highest among students with social science and humanities majors, while support for Bush was the highest among science and business majors.

So will these trends continue with the 2008 election?  Let’s hope so.  Get out and vote, students!

Vice Presidential Debate at Washington University in St. Louis

Vice Presidential candidates will have their first chance to face-off in person tonight, during the VP debate at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. The debate hosting honors have been Wash U’s for every election since 1992.

While the facts being shared by Joe Biden and Sarah Palin might be, well, debatable – here are some facts about Washington University in St. Louis that you might not have known (and probably can’t be disputed!). Other famous faces who’ve walked the hallowed halls at Washington University, and walked away with a degree, include the following. Their alumni also include 27 Nobel Prize recipients.

  • Harold Ramis, 1966, Co-Writer “Animal House”
  • Peter Sarsgaard, 1995, Actor
  • Tennessee Williams, 1936, Playwright
  • Steve Fosset, 1968, Adventurer
  • George Zimmer, 1970, Founder Men’s Warehouse (we guarantee it!)
  • Conde Nast, 1897, publisher Vogue magazine
  • George Herbert Walker, 1897, Founder of Walker Cup; great-grandfather to President George W. Bush

Established in 1853, it is a private university with an undergrad enrollment of about 7,400, post-grad of about 6,200 and faculty of about 3,100. They’re quite proud of their institution, have an incredibly selective enrollment process (for the class of 2011 it was 19%). Tuition is about $33,700/year with room and board topping $10,000.

The school is very tech-friendly, offering Internet more than 10,000 internet connections throughout the campus, and 2,500 computers available for student use.

More than 70% of the student body resides in campus housing, where alcohol is allowed on campus. For students interested in being active in university activities, there are more than 200 organizations, including honors groups, newspaper, government, musical and religious groups. For those interested in Greek life, there are 12 fraternities and 12 sororities, with 50% of students participating. Athletic types can show their talents in one of the 19 varsity sports.

Washington University in St. Louis is located in one of the United States’ major cities- so even if life on campus isn’t appealing, the bustling city is sure to accommodate your interests.

Sarah Palin Attended Six Colleges in Six Years

Sarah Palin has more experience applying to colleges than she does as governor (serving Alaska for 22 months).

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We previously shared Sarah’s alma mater. It appears that the VP candidate did in fact attend six universities in six years, finally snagging a journalism degree from the University of Idaho in 1987. There is no evidence she worked for the school’s media, but she did work briefly for Anchorage’s KTUU as a sports reporter. Only two other Presidents have had previous careers as journalists- Benjamin Harrison and JFK.

This detailed story at WikiAnswers talks more about Palin’s college-hopping days and her lack of extracurricular participation at each.

Students for Obama, Students for McCain

Historically, presidential candidates haven’t paid much attention to college students, or to younger people in general.  Why?  It’s kind of a vicious cycle between low voter turnout among young people and little attention paid to young people by politicians.  Students don’t vote because politicians ignore them, and politicians ignore them because students don’t vote.

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In terms of the candidates’ eagerness to court the votes of young people, this election is unlike any other I’ve ever seen.  Perhaps it’s because the election is so close, so every vote really counts.  Perhaps it’s because Barack Obama appeals strongly to young voters, which has the McCain campaign running to rally the conservative kids on college campuses. Or perhaps it’s just because the turbulent events of the past decade — 9/11, the War in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, the economic crisis, global warming — have made this generation of students more politically aware and interested than young people during the last three or four elections.  There’s a lot at stake in this election, and everyone knows it, including students.

The Obama campaign has been especially aggressive at trying to reach students.  If you’re interested, check out the Students for Obama page, which is a big part of the official Obama election website.  This organization actually started in 2006 as a Facebook page created to persuade Obama to run for president.

John McCain does not have a centralized place on his web page for student supporters, but you can visit individual McCain student groups on the web, like California Students for McCain.  Another good place to find out about McCain is this unofficial Students for McCain page of MySpace.

Learn more about each candidate’s position on financial aid for students.


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