Election Day parking, Election Experience events
By Samantha Savaglio
Election Day parking
UW-Parkside is an official polling place for the town of Somers. Tuesday, Nov. 6, Election Day, the west half of parking lot E (south of the Sports & Activity Center) will be blocked off and reserved for Somers residents. We appreciate your understanding and patience.
Election Experience events
After months of political campaigning, election week is finally here and UW-Parkside's 2012 Election Experience continues to provide political events that inform and encourage the campus community.
Monday, Nov. 5: a speak out takes place in Main Place of Wyllie Hall from noon-1 p.m. to encourage students to "get out the vote!"
Peggy James, associate professor of political science, reminds students of the importance of voting, especially concerning loans and programs offered by universities. "You want to be aware of the election and partake in it, especially the roles that each party has on the students," she says.
Tuesday, Nov. 6: free ice cream will be given out on the Student Center Bridge from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. to those wearing an "I VOTED" sticker.
Tuesday, Nov. 6: from 7-10 p.m. The Den of the Student Center becomes "Election Central" where lecturer Craig Frizzell will monitor, analyze, and interpret election returns in real-time.
Wednesday, Nov. 7: Politics, Philosophy, and Law hosts "The Morning After," a discussion on the outcomes of the election. That's at noon in the Oak Room of the Student Center. Don't forget to bring your lunch!
With our campus so heavily involved in this year's election, it is no surprise that many are feeling fatigued. "It's probably a good thing," James comments, "it means people have been more engaged in this year's election. I have seen a lot more interest and passion."
To provide UW-Parkside students a little humor during this tense time, a screening of "The Campaign" is held Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Cinema.
"That Monday night, nobody will want to hear political analysis. We'll all need a good laugh," James jokes. She reminds students to bring their university IDs to get free admission.
While Election Day marks the end of the political campaign, there are several post-election events. Plan to join us for:
Nov. 14: "Truth in Politics," noon, Hickory Room/ Student Center with Political Science Professor Jenny Keefe
Nov. 19: "The World Reacts: How U.S. elections play across the world," noon, Oak Room/Student Center, sponsored by Parkside International Students and the Center for International Studies
Nov. 28: "Mapping the Election in Space and Time," poster presentations by John Ward & GIS students in the Student Center
Dec. 5: "Citizenship in the 21st century," noon, Spruce Room/Student Center with students in the Election Experience.
Don't forget to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6!