Democrat Club revived in time for election

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Autumn Granza, Community Editor

Since the start of the school year, the Marywood University College Democrats (MUCD), which had been existence since 2008 but was inactive, came back in full swing just in time for election season.

“It just so happened that everything fell into place with logistics this year as opposed to the year prior when I tried to gather interest,” stated President Bill Loughney, sophomore pre-med major.
As President, Loughney is responsible for keeping the club unified and organizing the club’s activities.

The MUCD is currently in charge of involving the Green Ridge section of Scranton during the election season. Their duties include knocking on doors in campaigning efforts, phone banking, registering voters in the community as well as on Marywood’s campus, and driving the elderly to the polls on Election Day. The major tasks the club has been doing are registering people to vote.

“[The club’s] responsibilities are to be a strong, focused, and healthy representation of the Democratic students on campus,” says Chris Carl, graduate assistant for student activities and leadership development. “It must be open to all students on campus but can maintain its Democratic ties.”

The MUCD, however, has no counterpart. While a constitution for a Republican Club approved passed in the fall of 2010, the club is not active at this time, stated Carl.

“It is not a prerequisite for a club to have a philosophical counter already active on campus. We merely are a group of individuals who consider ourselves members of the Democratic Party,” stated Loughney. “We even have several students in the club [who] consider themselves Republicans. We are open to all students interested in the political process and have an opinion that they want to be heard.”

Voter registration, which is sponsored by the Democrat Club, was available twice every week at various locations on campus until the deadline, Tuesday, October 9.

All students interested in politics are invited to attend meetings held every other Friday at 3 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Center, Room 114. The next meeting is October 19. The club plans to remain active even after the November election.

The next meeting is Oct. 19. The club plans to remain active even after the November election.