Gets Hands-On Lesson in Election Year
students received some hands-on experience in connection with this
year’s political campaigns and the election process. They are taking
a special topics interdisciplinary course offered by the political
science and communication and performance studies departments.
goal was to examine the type and quality of information voters have
available to them for their decision making,” said Chuck
Ganzert (CAPS). “We looked at what the candidates and
the parties were saying, how the other side answered, and what the
and Steve Nelson (Political Science) both teach
the class, which is offered every four years during the election
season. This year students were assigned to record a series of segments
about the election to be aired on WNMU TV 13 and Public Radio 90.
were non-partisan, two-minute spots that contained information about
the election process, issues of concern in the presidential election
and interesting facts about the U.S. government,” said Shannon Cole,
an NMU senior majoring in media studies.
class also examined what scholars had to say about the election
and the usefulness of information available in the media, Ganzert
of the students’ assignments was to follow a candidate of their
choice through his or her campaign, according to senior criminal
justice major Nicole Leach. “I followed Michigan Congressman Bart
class members say they’ve come to believe that voting, whether for
the president or for local government officials, is very important
in today’s America.
feel that it’s so important because of how unique America is,” said
senior Melanee Ferrier. “Here, we, as just common people, get to
decide who will lead our country, our state and our community.”
and her fellow classmates said they hope that the work the class
produced encouraged the NMU campus and local community to participate
more actively in the election and voting process.
me, this class is a way of staying in the know and reinforcing my
belief that being informed is important, civically and socially,”