Wednesday October 29, 2008

Rock the Vote with Sheryl Crow

Rock the Vote will visit campus noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30. The Beastie Boys, Sheryl Crow and Ben Harper will make special guest appearances. Rock the Vote is the UD events heading down the election homestretch.

ROCK THE VOTE WITH SHERYL CROW — The University of Dayton will host a Rock the Vote event noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the corner of Evanston and Stonemill streets across from C Lot in the south student neighborhood. It is free and open to the public. There will be special appearances by The Beastie Boys, Sheryl Crow and Ben Harper at approximately 1:30 p.m. Rock the Vote bills itself as a non-partisan effort to engage and build the political power of young people to achieve progressive change in the U.S. Rock the Vote uses music and popular culture to engage and encourage young people to register and vote in every election. According to its Web site, Rock the Vote has helped register more than 2 million voters during the 2008 election cycle. As 501(c)(3) organizations, neither Rock the Vote nor the University of Dayton endorse any candidates for election. The use of the University's facilities in no way constitutes an endorsement by the University of any candidate or their respective organizations. "The University of Dayton, as a Catholic, Marianist University aims to engage people around difficult questions of faith and culture," said Ted Bucaro, UD director of government and regional relations. "The issues facing our nation are topics worthy of debate on a university campus that treasures the free exchange of a range of thoughts and ideas."

UD STUDENTS TO APPEAR ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA — UD senior Ethan Owens and UD grad student Jeffrey Moore have been invited to participate in an interview with several other local college students about the presidential election. ABC's Good Morning America will broadcast live tomorrow from the Golden Nugget Pancake House on the northeast corner of Dixie Drive and Dorothy Lane (2932 S. Dixie Drive, across from Wal-Mart). Good Morning America  is encouraging the public to attend the live interview and broadcast. The public is encouraged to arrive by 6:30 a.m. Space is very limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are unable to attend, you can watch the interview at approximately 7 a.m. on ABC 22.

GENDER AND POLITICS IN THE 2008 ELECTION — University of Dayton faculty will discuss media portrayals of female candidates, leadership traits and where candidates stands on current women's issues. The free, public event is 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Roesch Library Gallery. Refreshments will be served. Panelists include Teri Thompson, UD communication professor who specializes in gender and communication; Michelle Pautz, UD assistant political science professor who specializes in government accountability; Rebecca Whisnant, director of UD's women and gender studies program; and Nancy Martorano, UD associate political science professor who researches political parties and interest groups.

FAITH AND CITIZENSHIP IN THE 2008 ELECTION — University of Dayton history, religious studies and political science professors will discuss how faith and citizenship factor into this year's election at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Science Center Auditorium. It is free and open to the public. Panelists include Una Cadegan, director of UD's American studies program who teaches courses in interpretations of American culture and U.S. Social and Cultural History; Kelly Johnson, UD associate professor of religious studies who specializes in economic ethics and gender and virtue; Jason Pierce, UD assistant political science professor who researches deliberative democracy and civic engagement and the Rev. John Putka, S.M., UD political science lecturer who teaches courses on American political institutions, and issues of church and state in U.S. politics and political theory.

MAKING FIRST-TIME VOTING A RITE OF PASSAGE — UD students voting for the first time will gather to watch election coverage from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Marianist Hall Commons (second floor). "I saw an article four years ago about an organization called First Vote. The article said voting should be a rite of passage that we mark and celebrate, but we don't," said Una Cadegan, director of UD's American studies program and organizer of the UD event. "And, I agree that we should celebrate it, and we are." UD's event is not affiliated with First Vote. At the UD event, there will be a contest that evening to see who can guess the number of electoral votes for each candidate. Cadegan organized this event four years ago, it attracted close to 100 people during the course of the evening. On that evening, you can reach Una Cadegan through her office voice mail, which she will check frequently, at 937-229-3468 or Shawn Robinson at 937-232-2907.

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communications, at 937-229-3391 or