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Obama Rally

Last Update: 2/04 8:45 pm

Sunday, the sound of "New York for Obama" chants echoed outside of the Broome County Courthouse, where Binghamton University students showed their support for the Illinois Senator.

Rebecca Kauffman, Obama Supporter says "It's one of the busiest intersections. We wanted to get a last minute throw of gettting out and showing people who we're supporting and they should get out and vote on Tuesday."

BU students for Obama planned another rally for Monday afternoon.

 Broome County Prepares for Super Tuesday

Broome County prepares for Super Tuesday. Here at the Board of Elections voting has already begun. Workers are collecting and counting absentee ballots in advance for tomorrow's voting at the polls.  Voter registration on whole has gone up.
John Sejan, Broome County Board of Elections Deputy Comissioner says,"We're expecting a 25 to 35 percent turn out which is a little above average."
Also on the rise younger voter registration.  At Binghamton University  the group College Democrats spent the day trying encourage other democrats to vote for Obama.
They say Obama is tackling issues that are important  to students like stopping the war and helping to rebuild the economy.
Binghamton University College Democrat President Daniel Levin says,"He also wants to improve the job market.Because college students going out after graduate the job market is really bad right now.It was just report that 140,000 jobs were lost and that's scary to college students graduating."
And outside of the Arena Hillary supporters gather for the same reason to remind those to vote.
Clinton supporter Linda Biemer says," It's all ways important to rally the troops and another reason to do it is to remind people tomorrow is primary day."
Broome County Polls  open from noon until 9 pm.

Some in Tier call this year's race 'exciting'

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A rally for the presidential candidacy of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is conducted Monday in Binghamton.

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Binghamton University students, from left, Rebecca Kaufman, Sergio Mojica and Daniel Levin conduct a rally Monday for Sen. Barack Obama on the Vestal campus.

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Christopher Pietris thinks this year's presidential election marks "a critical time in human history." And that's what's motivating the 22-year-old Binghamton University senior to become involved in supporting Democratic candidate Barack Obama.

"One reason college students are apathetic is that they're tired of the same old negative politics," Pietris said. He thinks Obama can change that and is planning to vote today in New York's Super Tuesday primary.

Pietris is a textbook example of what some experts see as increased interest by young people in this year's presidential campaign. "I really looked forward to being 18, so I could vote," said Ayesha Rahim, 18, a political science major at Binghamton University, who is also likely to vote for Obama in today's primary.

Historically, young people ages 18 to 24 vote at a lower rate than older voters. In the 2004 presidential election, for example, 72 percent of citizens aged 55 and older voted, while only 47 percent of citizens aged 18 to 24 went to the polls, U.S, Census Bureau statistics indicate.

This year, however, youth turnout more than doubled in the New Hampshire primary, and tripled in the Florida primary. An Associated Press analysis of registration records in Florida and California found that the percentages of 18- to 29-year-old registered voters had already equaled young voter percentages in the November 2004 presidential election.

John Della Volpe, director of Harvard University's Institute of Politics, has witnessed a shift from the days when young people thought their vote didn't matter.

"Sept. 11 changed that," he said. The Iraq War and the growing number of candidates who've made attempts to engage young voters have also inspired more political involvement by young voters, he added.

If younger voters are becoming more involved, that could help Democrats in Broome County. While Republicans won Broome County in the 2004 election, they lost the youth vote, Board of Election figures indicate. Close to 2,300 people aged 18 to 24 voted for Democrats, compared to 1,497 who voted Republican.

Overall, Della Volpe has seen the Democrats make the biggest play for younger voters, with Obama hiring a national youth vote director last spring.

But some experts remain skeptical about the potential impact of the youth vote. Sept. 11 could have marked a generational shift in terms of motivation and interest among young voters, said John McNulty, an assistant professor of political science at Binghamton University. But whether they'll actually get to the polls remains to be seen, he said.

"There's always a lot of interest and enthusiasm. However, this rarely translates into voting," McNulty said. While he expects a slight increase in enthusiasm because of Obama's candidacy, he would be surprised if the youth vote is decisive in the Super Tuesday primaries today, especially in New York.

A spot check of students at Binghamton University on Monday found students are hardly monolithic in following the election. While some are deeply interested, others are apathetic, or even disgusted, by the process.

"There's no reason for me to vote. It doesn't really matter," said Paul Yuskevich, 21, a mechanical engineering major. He thinks the political process is broken and would vote for a third-party candidate.

Jillian Fries, 20, a sophomore math major, said she's been trying to pay attention, but really hasn't focused on the campaign yet.

But freshman Stephen Katz, 19, thinks that more students will vote this year because there are major issues, namely the economy and Iraq War, that they feel make on impact on their lives.

Students who are focused on the campaign are overwhelmingly Democrats, although they're split between Obama and the other leading Democratic candidate, Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Some BU students are inspired by Obama's story. "Just listening to his speeches is so encouraging. He makes me feel good about being an American," said Adam Holzberg, 20, a junior history major.

"It's time for a new voice and a new perspective," said senior Rebecca Kaufman, 21.

Eliza Espinosa-Thomas, on the other hand, is skeptical Obama can win. "This country is still too racist to accept a black man as president," the 20-year-old sophomore said.

At Broome Community College, Doug Garnar, a political science professor, said he's seen "flickers of possible engagement" among students. But he hasn't seen students organizing for any particular candidate.

Meanwhile, BU sophomore Jaclyn Wallach, 19, has her own method for gauging student interest in the election. Even her friend who hates politics is paying attention, she said.

Staff Writers John Hill and Doug Schneider and The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Clinton and Obama volunteers rally for Super Tuesday
02/04/2008 10:12 PM
By: Dana Hendrickson

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- For supporters of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, the eve of Super Tuesday means super-sized volunteer efforts.

Linda Biemer, a volunteer for the Clinton campaign, said, "We had a rally tonight for Hillary Clinton. We've actually been making phone calls for her. We have headquarters set up here in Binghamton."

BU College Democrats President Daniel Levin said, "We're here to organize a rally for Barack Obama and to represent the Democratic party. And we believe these rallies really increase voter turnout."

A new Quinnipiac University poll released the day before New York's primary has Obama breaking into Clinton's home state lead, trailing her 53% to 39%. This doesn't come as a surprise to Broome Community College Social Science Professor Douglas Garnar.

"I think the fact that Hillary's forces are taking Barack Obama seriously, even in New York, suggest how volatile and dynamic this primary season is. It's no longer a given that in your home state, in the case an adopted state for Senator Clinton that you just take for granted that you're going to win," said Garnar.

People we spoke with who were rallying for Clinton had some mixed reviews on the Quinnipiac poll. They say they are staying focused on her campaigning.

Biemer said, "It certainly was a surprise because it runs counter to the phoning that we've been doing, which I said, is overwhelmingly supporting Mrs. Clinton."

Fellow Clinton campaign volunteer Gloria Whitmore said, "Personally, I don't look at polls because I went to New Hampshire and did calling and they were overwhelmingly giving New Hampshire to Barack. And as you know, the Senator took the state of New Hampshire."

Volunteers know getting the vote out is crucial in the primaries and are hoping Broome County residents will listen to their grassroots efforts.

Garnar said, "Using these rallies to sort of whip of the troops is really crucial for anyone running for National office. This is not just a PR exercise."

But regardless of what Tuesday's outcome is, Garnar believes it is too dynamic of an environment to produce a clear-cut winner.

Polls open Tuesday at Noon. 

Binghamton U. plans debate to inspire studentsEvent to cover war, racial issues, death penalty, immigration

By Debbie Swartz
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VESTAL -- In an effort to get students interested in politics and educated about the issues, Binghamton Univer-sity's College Democrats and College Republicans will go head-to-head in Monday's Debate of the Year.

"We felt that apathy was pervading our campus in a way that is really not what we'd like to see," said Ari Feinman, 19, president of the College Republicans.

Organizers hope the debate will inspire students to learn about important current affairs and actively participate in the political process.

"We believe that it could serve as a catalyst for further political action," said Jon Stockman, public relations director for College Democrats and a debate team member.

Stockman, 20, will be one of eight students to take part in the debate who will argue differing points of view on four topics: the war in Iraq, affirmative action, the death penalty and immigration.

"We wanted to pick issues that would appeal to specific student groups," said Brian Young, political director for College Democrats.

More than 200 students are expected to attend the debate, co-sponsored by 18 student groups, said Daniel Levin, president of College Democrats. A moderator will ask questions -- revealed to debate participants during the debate -- and audience members also can submit questions, Feinman said.

Each participant is an experienced debater, and substantial research and practice went into preparing for Monday's event, College Republican Robert Edward Menje said.

"We're pretty solid on the issues," he said. "We've done a lot of research."

Stockman said affirmative action is his topic and he'll face Menje in the debate. As with other debate team members, Stockman said he would not discuss his talking points on the issue prior to the debate. But his stance on the policy he will defend is something he supports personally.

"I felt it was a relevant issue on campus," he said. "In light of institutionalized discrimination ... affirmative action is a viable means of assuring a more even-handed playing field."

While the debate might get heated at times, it will remain a civilized discourse, Menje said. "There will not be any cream pies thrown," he said.

The event will be a benefit for students, because it will engage students in a serious debate that will present polarized points of view, political science assistant professor John McNulty said.

"It's very healthy, and very much in keeping with the mission of not just the university, but the organizations of College Democrats and College Republicans," McNulty said.

Hopefuls urge student action

By Marina Gaff, Writer

Jessica Jakoby/ Contributing Photographer

As the election for the New York Supreme Court approaches, Binghamton students were given the opportunity to hear the candidates speak this past Tuesday.

Democratic opponents Molly Fitzgerald, Donald Cerio and Richard Rich, as well as the contenders for Broome County district attorney and Broome County Court, spoke about their policies and how they relate to students.

Most of the candidates said they were surprised at the 125 people waiting in Lecture Hall 8 for the speeches, rather than the 20 or so they had expected.

“The event was a great opportunity for students to learn about careers in law, as the candidates spoke of their history as lawyers in both the public and private sectors, and their current careers as judges or district attorneys,” said David Lewandowski, president of College Democrats, one of the event’s sponsors.

“It also provided the opportunity to hear the prospective elected officials’ positions and credentials so that students can become involved in the local political process here in Binghamton on Election Day,” Lewandowski said.

Fitzgerald, a Binghamton attorney, and Cerio, the district attorney for Madison County, emphasized their Supreme Court experience and their devotion to improving quality of life in New York state. Each promised to be fair and bipartisan, and to treat the cases with care.

Both also mentioned the importance of a fair and impartial judge at the bench, and the influence students can have on the election.

“If Binghamton University comes out big, it just says something: that you’re involved and active and care. And that’s what I’m asking you to do — care,” Fitzgerald said.

The candidates spoke on a number of issues, ranging from the rising crime rate in Binghamton and its effect on students in the community to tuition costs, which impact students directly.

“I think it was important for students to come, just to be aware of who’s running for this position and to know their policies, because a lot of times students are the ones who have the biggest vote,” said Taris Burgess, president of the Thurgood Marshall Pre-Law Society, which co-sponsored the event.

“Whoever is in charge has a big say in what goes on here, so students should have a big say in who gets those positions,” Burgess said.

Sponsoring groups said the night was a success.

“We are extremely pleased with the outcome of Tuesday night’s event,” Lewandowski said. “This was a great beginning to the fall semester and are hoping this can be a launching pad for more successful events in the future.”

Students away from home can request an absentee ballot by filling out an application available from the New York State Board of Elections Web site and mailing it in seven days before the Nov. 6 election. A ballot will then be mailed to the specified address, for the student to complete and send back.


Binghamton University is often known as a largely apathetic campus. However, for a select few, this is not true. These students are the students that make up the Binghamton Chapter of the College Democrats. Although this is a small group, they are one of the most active College Democrats groups in New York State. In this past election cycle, the Binghamton College Democrats worked on multiple races throughout New York State. Some of these races include d electing Elliot Spitzer, reelecting Hillary Clinton as well as helping elect Michael Arcuri. Through countless hours of work the Binghamton College Democrats were able double the amount of students that voted in this mid term election over the number of voters in the previous mid term election. College Democrats is not only about getting Democrats elected. They also are about advocating for progressive issues. One way in which College Democrats does this is by holding forums each year. This year College Democrats held a forum on the Minimum Wage, brought Andrew Cuomo to campus to talk about the role of the attorney General, and held a meeting with Assemblywomen Donna Lupardo on the environment. Amazingly all of this work was done without receiving a single dime from the Student Association. With an operating budget smaller than most students' pizza budget, the Binghamton College Democrats where severely held back in what they where able to.  Amazingly enough, Binghamton was still able to be amazingly productive. The Binghamton College Democrats are one of the most important groups on campus. They are one of the most active chapters in the state. They are able to advocate on behalf of the Binghamton community at our yearly lobbying day and often have discussions with different elected officials. Some of the officals that Binghamton has been able to lobby have been
Governor Elliot Spitzer, Senator Clinton, Congressman Michael Arcuri, Congressman Anthony Weiner, 2008 Congressional candidate Daniel Maffei, as well as Binghamton's Mayor Matt Ryan (a fixture at meetings before he became mayor) and Assemblywomen Donna Lupardo another fixture at College Democrats meetings.

As an editor of Binghamton Prospect,
I would like to say here's to you College
Democrats of Binghamton, keep up the good
work of bringing the progressive ideals to
Binghamton and the southern Tier.
Brian Young is the College Democrats of New
York Director of Legislative Affairs elect.

Cuomo discusses changes to government

By Nathan Cohen, Wire Ed

Emma Wright / Assistant Photo Editor

The democratic candidate for attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, discussed a new initiative Monday at Binghamton University which would make the New York State government more transparent.

Cuomo spoke to a group of 40 students and community members at Old University Union Room 133. Brian Young, the Southern Tier regional coordinator for College Democrats and a student at BU said, “I was pretty pleased [with the turnout]. [But] I wish we could have had a few more students.”

Cuomo began by discussing residents’ distrust and cynicism toward the New York government. “People have lost faith and trust in state government,” he said.

His new proposal, called “Project Sunlight,” is a comprehensive strategy which would make the New York State government more transparent, with easier access to information and statistics. His hope as a candidate for attorney general, he said, is to increase openness in the government. Cuomo’s idea is to integrate numerous state databases into one simple Web site.

Cuomo began discussing his new initiative just a day after his Republican opponent, Jeanine Pirro, attacked him in a campaign ad, claiming that he had been “hiding” from the election. According to a WNBC-Marist College Poll, as of Oct. 20, Cuomo leads Pirro by 20 points.

In order to improve the relationship between the government and the governed, Cuomo said that both the competence and the integrity of the New York State government needs to be improved.

Cuomo addressed the student voter turnout, saying, “It is amazing to me that you could get to a place where young people actually volunteer their time at not for profit and civic organizations at [a] higher percentage than they vote.” He said that the statistic proves that, while students obviously care about society, they distrust the government so much that they don’t vote.

“You have to restore the relationship. There is no easy answer to that. They have to believe in the government again. They have to believe in its potential and its capacity,” Cuomo told Pipe Dream.

To restore integrity in Albany, Cuomo said that openness is the key. “When [government] creates secrets … you’re more likely to be cynical and in disbelief,” he said. The government has been increasing secrecy over the years and consequently becoming harder to understand, he added.

Cuomo cited Medicaid as an example of an important program which has been demonized due to the lack of competence. “[Medicaid] is a beautiful program in concept: health care for poor people,” he said. The “waste and fraud all through the Medicaid program,” which accounts for up to 40 percent of its budget, is exactly why people lose faith in the government, he said.

The solution, Cuomo concluded, is to run Medicaid like a private sector business. “There’s no disconnect between government and the private sector,” he said. “If the private sector can run a program and demand efficiency and effectiveness, so should a government.”

Cuomo was accompanied by Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan, who all endorsed the candidate in the upcoming election. “I think he’s the perfect person to fill the mantle that we’ve all grown to expect from Eliot Spitzer, and he’s [going to] be the person who can fill those shoes,” said Ryan. Spitzer is the current New York attorney general, and the frontrunner in the New York State governor’s race.

Political groups want students for ’04 vote
By Jessica Lanoil

Staff Writer

Starting Monday, a group of concerned students will campaign together to encourage their fellow students to register to vote in an effort called Voter Registration Week.

The effort will consist of students standing outside on the campus handing out forms from the board of elections and encouraging people to register. They will also be visiting political science classes and speaking about the importance of registering.

“We understand how important the election is and want students to get their voices heard,” said Sean Lebowitz, the president of College Democrats.

As a sophomore, Lebowitz organized Rock the Vote on campus, which helped promote voting. This year, he said the event is an impossibility because of a lack of resources. But he is hopeful for the registration week combined with the group’s efforts in the next year to be successful. Lebowitz said the goal of the group is to have 1,000 registered students on campus by May and 2,000 by October.

Working closely with the College Democrats next week, the New York Public Interest Research Group will be campaigning to get as many students as they can registered to vote and also try to make students aware of a new voting restriction.

“Now when students register to vote, they either have to include a copy of an ID when registering or at the polls their first time voting,” said Laurie Wheelock, state board representative for NYPIRG. “This affects people in cities without a driver’s license, and the homeless.”

This new bill, passed by President George W. Bush last spring, will also affect students. Wheelock said if you are a first-time voter who lives on campus and doesn’t have a driver’s license or identification providing a social security number, you won’t be able to vote.

“NYPIRG works to empower all people, this new restriction could pose a

problem,” Wheelock said.

In addition to learning about this new law, the first step to taking advantage of your right to vote is registering, Lebowitz said. He said countless students were turned away from the polls last year because they did not register, and the same thing happened in March.

“It’s a shame,” he said. “It only takes two minutes to register to vote, and in

doing so, you have the power to change the country.”

In terms of whether to register in Binghamton or back at home, Lebowitz said students should register in Binghamton due to the tediousness of absentee ballots. Students registered in Binghamton may vote directly on campus.

“Only register to vote at home when you live out of state, if a vote

would really be needed in Pennsylvania,” Lebowitz said. “Another reason would be if a student works at home for a local candidate.”

And not only the presidential race is important when it comes to voting. The group suggests voting for local politicians as well, because they control issues such as the housing controversy that began earlier this semester.

“It’s very important for groups to get involved with this,” Lebowitz said. “We see groups protesting for things to change, protesting for lower book prices. How you actually change politics in addition to protesting is voting, and the first step is registering.”

The week is sponsored by the College Democrats, College Republicans, the Binghamton Review, Phi Sigma Alpha, Sigma Lamda Gamma, Alpha Phi Alpha, and NYPIRG.

141 Couper Administration Building
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000


Gail Glover

For Release February 26, 2004

Hinchey to discuss foreign policy

Congressman Maurice Hinchey, D-22nd District, will discuss "Toward a Sustainable US Foreign Policy," at 3 p.m. Monday, March 8, in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall on the Binghamton University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Hinchey will be joined by University faculty David Cingranelli, professor of political science, and Wulf Kansteiner, professor of history, in a panel discussion on the United States' role in the global community. A question and answer session will follow.

The event is co-sponsored by Binghamton University's Center on Democratic Performance, the College Democrats, Newing College, College-in-the Woods, Mountainview, and the Dickinson Community. For more information, call 607-777-2469.

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Hinchey to BU: Vote for the Democrats

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Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-22nd) addressed a small but loyal crowd of supporters Monday outside the Library Tower at a rally to shore up support for the Broome Democratic slate. Although Hinchey arrived almost 45 minutes late, other county Democrats politicked to get the crucial campus vote.

By Rachel Jacobs
Staff Writer

On Monday, with the election just one day away, local Democratic candidates made one last push to appeal to Binghamton University students.

Yesterday, candidates in local elections gathered in front of the Library Tower. Headlining the event was Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-22nd district), who was looking to be re-elected for a seventh term.

Hinchey spoke of the importance of the election.

“Tomorrow is one of the most important days in American history,” he said. “If elected, Bush could take this country in a bad direction.”

Hinchey appealed to students to vote. “Your vote is critically important. We need a large popular vote — every vote is so important. If Kerry wins the popular vote by three, four, five million votes, the Supreme Court won’t dare to rule in favor of Bush by one vote.”

Hinchey implied that the next president will have to appoint at least one new Supreme Court justice — most likely a chief justice. He also emphasized the importance of electing Kerry. “Important decisions are going to be made by the Court,” he said. “The justices could rule on womens’ rights to regulate their bodies, as well as civil rights and liberties. The effects of the election will be felt in the Supreme Court.”

Hinchey went on to discuss what the Bush administration has done in a negative light. “The impact of the current administration is profound,” he said. “Bush has turned a budget surplus into a deficit, and has almost doubled the national debt.”

While Hinchey focused mainly on the presidential campaign, he did speak a little about how his re-election could benefit BU students. “I appreciate the value of this University,” he said. “I want to maintain your education, I am concerned about your future.”

Hichey introduced the local candidates and what positions they were running for. Each candidate spoke briefly about why they thought themselves fit for election. Incidentally, all of the candidates were BU alumni.

Democrat Gene Burns is running for the 52nd Senate District. He hopes to make reforms in Albany. “Albany is broke and the current elected legislature is not going to fix it,” he said. “It’s time for a change.”

Democratic candidate Donna Lupardo was running for 126th District of the New York State Assembly. Her campaigning yesterday was also focused on appealing to BU students. “I will work to ensure that SUNY tuition is kept affordable,” she said. “My opponent voted for the tuition increase, and for a decrease in the University budget.”

Barbara Fiala, the current county clerk, hopes to be elected as Broome County executive. “I want to work with the University to get students more involved,” she said. “I will make BU a part of the community.”

Dan Reynolds was hoping to be re-elected to the position of Broome County Legislature (19th District). He represents all of BU except for Newing College because of the way districting lines were drawn. He tried to focus his speech on issues close to BU students by discussing pedestrian safety, saying he wanted to lobby the state Department of Transportation to possibly build a pedestrian bridge over the Vestal Parkway.

With about 3,200 students on campus newly registered to vote in Broome County, the question arises of whether or not such a large mass of students will be able to make an educated decision about the local candidates.

“I feel fairly informed,” said Stephen Thomas, a sophomore political science major. “But I don’t know a lot about what is going on in the community.”

Dems advocate change to vie with GOP (April 20th 2004)
By Liza Schwartz

Staff Writer

This past weekend, Binghamton University hosted the College Democrats of New York Convention, which expressed the need for a clear and concise Democratic message in the upcoming election.

Democrats need to start thinking like Republicans, said New York State Democratic Committee chair Denise King at the convention. “Not thinking philosophically like Republicans, but thinking politically like they do, “ she said. King said Democrats have a habit of explaining their positions too much; they need a short and simple message like the Republican party.

King was one of many speakers at the event hosted by BU’s College Democrats chapter. Other speakers included Joan Mandle, executive director of Democracy Matters, Donna Lupardo, a State Assembly candidate, Anndrea Starzak, Vestal Town Supervisor, and George Latimer, a Westchester county legislator.

“We need to make an effort to get back in touch with our base, “ said Dan Ahouse, district manager for Congressman Maurice Hinchey. He stressed the importance of taking a clear and united stance on issues like the economy and the war in Iraq. “The main thing is being able to define ourselves different from the Republicans, “ he said, something that was not achieved at the beginning of the Iraq war.

Aside from speakers, conference attendees from schools across New York spent much of the weekend creating a platform that describes CDNY’s position on various issues.

CDNY came to a clear decision on the issue of same sex marriage, beating the national party. Included in their platform was a statement in support of the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Another part of the platform came out against Wal-Mart’s refusal to fill prescriptions of the morning after pill, an issue CDNY plans to fight next year. Other issues included campaign finance reform, the SUNY system and voter registration.

King said the goal of all the conference presenters and attendees is to “make sure that the country heads in the right direction in November. “

Students in attendance said they got a lot out of the convention.

“It was a wonderful experience, “ said Sean Lebowitz, president of the BU’s College Democrats. “It was a great opportunity to meet leaders of College Democrats from across the state. The events, the weekend, were very informative. “

Students from Cornell University, Baruch College, New York University, SUNY Fredonia, Vasser College, Colgate University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and

SUNY Cortland came to the conference. It was the first CDNY conference to be held at a SUNY school.

“As a result of the conference we now could utilize the CDNY state resources as well as the resources from universities in the area, “ Lebowitz said.

David Yellin from Colgate, and Lauren Rosenberg from Vasser, were co-chairs of the event.

And of course, one of CDNY’s goals is to get President Bush out of office. Ahouse said his policies that are polarizing the nation also help the Democratic stance.

“It’s helping to bring a more cohesive campaign and message and theme, “ Ahouse said. “That’s going to help us support Kerry."