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Election Season Rolls Into Otterbein

Election Season Rolls Into Otterbein

Otterbein’s campus will be buzzing with 2016 election activity – and it’s not even November yet.

The C-SPAN Campaign 2016 Bus will be visiting the Otterbein University campus from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Campus Center parking lot. The event is open to all students, faculty and staff on campus to visit the bus and learn more about C-SPAN’s nonpartisan resources and coverage of Campaign 2016.

“The unbiased information the C-SPAN Campaign 2016 Bus offers isn’t always easily accessible to everyone,” said Stacey Rusterholz, assistant director for the Otterbein Center for Community Engagement (CCE). “Having the bus parked on campus during the student lunch rush will really make it easy for the campus community to find the time to stop and learn more about a candidate or issue.”

The 45-foot customized bus is in reality an interactive media presentation center that travels the country, introducing students and educators to C-SPAN’s programs and resources at universities, festivals and rallies. The bus is equipped with computer monitors and videos designed specifically to utilize C-SPAN’s vast catalogue of videos and information free of media spin. Faculty and staff will also find classroom materials and discussion ideas to incorporate into their lesson plans.

Rusterholz says that C-SPAN reached out to Otterbein, asking to bring the bus to campus. She credits Otterbein’s commitment to developing students into global citizens and responsible change-makers to attracting the cable channel’s attention.

“We’re treating the bus visit as the kick-off to election season for CCE programs,” said Rusterholz.

Additionally, Otterbein’s Raise Your Voice, a bipartisan student organization, will hold voter education events throughout the semester, including campus viewing parties for all of the presidential and vice presidential debates with an opportunity to discuss issues before and after the broadcasts. Presidential debate screenings will be held at the following times and locations:

  • 8:30-11 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, in the Campus Center
  • 8:30-11 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, in the Campus Center
  • 8:30-11 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, in the Clements Hall Lounge

A Vice Presidential Debate screening will also be held from 8:30-11 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 4, with a location to be determined soon.

Voter registration information tables will be set-up from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center on Thursday, Sept. 15 and again during lunch on Friday, Sept. 16, in the Campus Center and Library. Also on Friday, CCE will celebrate Constitution Day a day early with trivia, prizes and giveaways at the Campus Center.

Get informed, get registered and LET’S VOTE, Otterbein!

Learn more about the Center for Community Engagement and how to get involved on campus.