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Roanoke College Roanoke College readies for Election 08 with voter-themed events

  • Roanoke College Roanoke College readies for Election 08 with voter-themed events

  • 11/04/08
  • SALEM, Va.-The Roanoke College community is preparing for this historic election with several events aimed at getting students out and active in politics - and in protecting themselves. Even lunch on campus featured a chili "ballot box" - with varieties named for major party candidates - and "All-American" apple pie and "Stars and Stripes" cake for dessert. Events on the Salem campus include:

    Election Night Dodgeball

    Young voters really count in the battleground state of Virginia. Roanoke students are getting together on this election eve to figure out who's going to win the presidential race in a less-than-scientific way - Election Night Dodge ball.


    That's right, between 20 and 30 students signed up and more turned out at the game in the Alumni Gym that began at 9 p.m. Monday and ran to midnight or later. In keeping with the national perspective, the student Democrats wore blue, and student Republicans were in red. The Independents and others, of course, were to wear whatever they want, said Bryan Ryberg, director of intramurals and recreation. The Republicans won in this particular contest.


    Midnight Dodge ball is a student-run, weekly event. Students gnereally play every weekend for several hours, starting at midnight.


    Election Night Watch Party

    The Public Affairs Society is sponsoring an Election Night Watch party in the Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center. The event begins Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Earlier in the election season, the group sponsored a voter information session to inform students about the election and the voter registration process.

    Elect to Protect

    Roanoke College's Health Services is using Election Day to kick off the start of a flu vaccine drive, called appropriately "Elect to Protect." After a bad case of the flu last year, the College decided to bring about change and hold an aggressive flu vaccine drive in November. Immunization clinics begin on Tuesday, Election Day, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Colket Center. In addition to the shot, the College is offering a needle-free nasal vaccine. As an incentive, students will be offered a $5 discount off the cost of the vaccine in exchange for a donation of canned goods. The canned goods will be donated to the Southwest Virginia Food Bank.

    Additional clinics are scheduled for November 11 and 18 as well as clinics especially for student athletes. Once students' need is met, the vaccine will be offered to faculty and staff.

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