FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2016, 11:00 a.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 402.872.2429
Peru, Nebraska- About a hundred students gathered in the Peru State College Student Center to talk politics and watch the election results pour in Tuesday night. Phi Alpha Theta, the Campus Activities Board and Political Science 316, Engagement in the Election Process, sponsored the event with the help of Dr. Sara Crook and Dr. Justin Pfeifer.
Dr. Crook, professor of history, said “We thought it was important to offer our students a place to congregate and watch the election returns. We want our students to realize that for a democracy to work it does require participation by its citizens.”
“As Martin Luther King, Jr. said in 1957: ‘ “Without the right to cast a ballot I cannot make up my own mind—it is made up for me. I cannot live as a democratic citizen, observing the laws I have helped enact—I can only submit to the edict of others.’ ”
The Student Center holds the college’s cafeteria and features several prominent televisions. These televisions were tuned to election news and students were free to chat as results trickled out from the polls.
Students were also invited to participate in political trivia and chance games. Winning came with some wonderful academic prizes including books and supplies.
Some games asked for presidential trivia like who were the presidential election losers for the past fifty years or what were first ladies best known for during their tenure. Students could also participate in Clinton or Trump bingo decided by swing states.
Creative Dining provided a politically themed spread. Bologna with Russian dressing was nicknamed “The Trump” while cold turkey and liberal condiments was “The Clinton.”
For more information, visit www.peru.edu or call 1-800-742-4412.