Purdue News

October 21, 2004

Students support voting with signs made from sheets

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – People who want to know what students are doing to support voting in this presidential election year only have to look for signs on campus through Nov. 2 when a Purdue University student organization sponsors a voter awareness sheet sign competition.

"This is the most heated and publicized election in recent memory," said Evan Apotheker, project coordinator of Mortar Board, a national college senior honor society. "We saw this competition as a way to encourage more people to engage in the voting process and tap into all the energy surrounding this election."

The competition is open to all sororities, fraternities, cooperative houses and residence hall councils. Signs, created from sheets no larger than queen size, must be non-partisan with a clear and appropriate message reminding students to vote in the Nov. 2 election.

"We hope that this competition encourages students not only to vote, but also to pay attention to current events around us in this community and elsewhere," said Carrie Eichenberger, president of Mortar Board. "This competition is our service to the community to aid in the voting campaign while encouraging the leaders on this campus to take pride in their privilege to vote."

A panel of judges will pick winning signs based on creativity, use of resources, American spirit, originality and neatness. The top three organizations will win prizes from local eating establishments.

With 191 chapters, Mortar Board recognizes college seniors for distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship, leadership and service to the university community.

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2432, news.writer@purdue.edu

Source: Pablo Malavenda, (765) 494-1232, pablo@purdue.edu

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