Election week at UC

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James McClendon, Editor-in-Chief

Election day is Tuesday and Utica College students have many opportunities to get involved. The Offices of Student Activities, Student Affairs, and Residence Life in collaboration with the James Sherman Political Science Society will be providing many programs and services for the week of the election.

Derek Pooley, the assistant director for residence life and educational initiatives, and Bethany VanBenschoten, assistant director of student activities, were responsible for putting these activities together.

From noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday, a shuttle bus will be available to take students to Donovan Middle School on Noyes Street. Only students who registered using Utica College as their address will be able vote at these polls. The shuttle will depart regularly from the Strebel Student Center.

“Based on the three or four weeks that we did, we had hundreds of students registered to vote,” VanBenschoten said. “We realize that not all of them are going to vote here but we are expecting to see a really good turnout.”

Students are also invited to an election night party, taking place from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Pioneer Pub and Strebel Lounge. There will be food, beverages, games and giveaways. For extensive coverage of the election results, the television monitors will be tuned into all of the major networks.

“This year the party is going to be much more expanded than what we have done before,” Pooley said. “We are hoping to see a huge turnout. It’s a big determining of our future, so we hope people come out to celebrate with us.”

Finally, on Wednesday, Associate Professor of Government and Politics Luke Perry will be presenting a Pizza & Politics luncheon that will focus on the biggest surprises of the 2016 election. This event will be hosted by the James Sherman Political Service Society and will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Hubbard 206.

For any information on any of the activities or services students are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Affairs.


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