Yes, it’s that time of year again. I hate to break it to you, but WesFest is pretty much over. Any straggling prefrosh will soon be gone and the Mongolian Grill won’t be running out of food at dinner (yeah, that actually happened Friday) anymore. It’s now time to make some decisions of our own: who will be our next WSA President and Vice President?
As a member of the WSA, I can tell you that this is really important. The WSA has more power and potential than most students recognize–it can definitely get things done. In fact, people wouldn’t have to complain about a lot of things on the ACB over and over if they just complained once clearly and directly to WSA members. While each WSA member is extremely important, the leadership of any organization is vital to it getting things done. So, if you want your next year at Wes to be as great as possible, you’re going to click to read more and you’re going to vote by clicking here beginning Monday, April 18th.
Last night I attended a live taping of the WNPR program Where We Live at Real Art Ways in Hartford, where Assistant Professor of Government Melanye Price joined Hartford Courant columnist Larry Cohen and two-time Democratic nominee for Governor Bill Curry to talk about the aftermath of the 2008 election.
It was an interesting panel. Cohen suggested that Barack Obama getting 52% of the electoral vote in this political climate should be considered a miserable failure. Price spoke about the significance of youth turnout. Curry remarked that Joe the Plumber, having no issue attached to him, might signal that conservative issues are out of steam.
This is all I can coherently type right now AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [edit 20 minutes later] This graphic can do no justice to this great historic moment, etc. etc., but with all this excitement on a Tuesday night, functioning effectively for the rest of this week will be way more of a challenge than most us can consider facing right now, unlike the delightfully simple wave of change Barack Obama will likely sweep this nation with in the next 100 days AAAHHHH!!!!!
Also, John McCain is basically a good guy despite a series of bad decisions these past few months:
POLLING HOURS: 6am – 8pm, Tuesday Nov 4 POLLING PLACE: Middletown Senior Center, 150 Broad Street Williams St entrance across from Broad St Books [Google Map] POLLING SHUTTLES: 10am – 7:30pm Departures on the hour and half hour Usdan Center, Wyllys Ave entrance VOTER ID REQUIREMENTS: Drivers’ license, utility bill, paycheck or other ID needed ID Requirements for first time voters
A selection of recent election-related posts on Wesleying:
Wes alumShira Avedon Miller ’07 is working as a Regional Field Director for the Obama campaign in Ohio. She would like to share this video (made by another Wes alum, Michael Gottwald ’06) and to put the call out for volunteers to help campaign for Obama in Ohio.
If you’re able to do so, a sign-up form is available here. Ohio is a bit far to go straight from Wes, but if you have free time between now and the election (fall break anyone?), this could be a very good way to spend it.
Approx. 15% of our campus voted in the 2008 Presidential Primaries (sources: Middletown Registrar of Voters, APSA). This is shameful. We hope you agree. The GENERAL ELECTION IS ONE MONTH AWAY AND REGISTRATION DEADLINES ARE FAST APPROACHING.
Decades from now, people will ask you what part you played in the election of the first African-American President or first female Vice-President … Make sure you have an answer for them.
The WesVotes Consortium (100% non-partisan) can help you vote more easily. Despite incredible support from the administration, we still need you to volunteer 15 minutes of your time.
Class of 2009 … you are getting beaten by underclassmen … badly. There are already volunteers in almost every Frosh, Sophomore and Junior hall/house. The senior class is just getting started. Classes of 2010-2012, ask around, you already have a Hall/House Captain who can get you the forms, envelopes and stamps you need.
CRITICAL INFORMATION: -Voting Absentee: If you’re already registered at home and would like to make your vote count there instead, there is VERY LITTLE TIME LEFT. In order to do this (in most states) you have to print and mail in an “Absentee Ballot Application” before your state’s deadline. (See your state’s deadline here). -Voting in Connecticut: If not voting in another state,Wesleyan students eligible to vote can still register in Connecticut (Before October 21st)!!!
HOW YOU CAN HELP ((URGENT)): –“House Captains” (1 per residence) It’s easy! Just ask your housemates where they want to vote. To volunteer just email your name, house location, and WesBox# to firstname.lastname@example.org. –“Street Captains” (1/2 per street) Want a more important role? Get a friend and team-up to make sure each house on your street has its own house captain. They’ll be telling you which forms they need and answering questions. To volunteer just email your name, house & street location, and WesBox# to email@example.com. Want detailed instructions for these positions? Click here!
Finally, Volunteers, please attend a mandatory 10 minute training session this week. They run twice a day beneath the main staircase in Usdan. Here are the times: -TODAY, Wednesday (Oct. 1st) – 5pm & 8pm -THURSDAY, (Oct. 2nd) – 5pm & 8pm -FRIDAY (Oct. 3rd) 12 noon & 3pm
Thank you, Chris Goy ‘09, Marcus Warmington ‘09, Liza Conrad ’10, Saul Carlin ‘09, & Karl Grindal ‘09 WesVotes Board Members firstname.lastname@example.org
My mom and I made this shirt (she did the text and I drew the picture of Sarah Palin), emphasizing that arguably anyone who has had a passport for more than a year has had more foreign policy experience than Sarah Palin. We’re having it made at a local T-shirt shop in my hometown.
The shirts are printed with black ink on either an orange, mint, or tan shirt. Sizes run S – XL; shirts are $15 each.
To order a shirt, or for more info, email rdbrown@wes.