Thursday October 30, 2008

Rocking the UD Vote

Rock the Vote, the nonpartisan organization promoting youth voting and civic engagement, was on campus Oct. 30 to remind students to make their voices heard.

About 500 people turned out on C lot outside Kettering Laboratories Thursday when the Rock the Vote tour bus rolled into Dayton with entertainers Sheryl Crow, the Beastie Boys, Ben Harper, Ben Stiller and Laura Dern.

Rock the Vote is traveling the United States in the week leading up to Election Day to engage young voters and instill a habit of civic engagement.

Crow performed two songs, "A Change Would Do You Good" and "Everyday is a Winding Road," and Stiller reminded students that every Ohio vote counts. Stiller implored them to make their voices heard: "You are going to make a huge difference. ... Don't leave it to chance."

The Beastie Boys also appeared on stage but did not perform until an evening event at Hara Arena in Harrison Township.

After the campus rally, shuttles were available to take voters to early-voting locations.