Friday, December 2, 2016

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Tents dot the grassy knolls of Campanile Walkway Tents dot the grassy knolls of Campanile Walkway

Campaign Camp-Out

Student leaders stake out signage spots for the upcoming student elections.
By Lorena Nava Ruggero

How many friends would be willing to camp out overnight for their friends?

Luckily for San Diego State student leaders, there were plenty of volunteers filling the tents that dotted campus Thursday, March 1, and Friday, March 2.

Little help from their friends

In anticipation of campaigning for the Associated Students General Elections, March 12-15, students staked out prime sign spots across the Mesa starting at 4:30 a.m., Thursday, March 1.

If I didn’t believe in what they were running for, I wouldn’t spend the night out here.

“It was definitely an interesting experience,” said international business senior Kevin Jimeno, who spent the night outside to support a group of candidates affiliated with his business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi. “I met a lot of nice people. It was a little cold, but I had a couple of friends over; it was nice bonding.

“If I didn’t believe in what they were running for, I wouldn’t spend the night out here,” he said.

Camp(aign)ing out

Campaigning for elections starts at 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 2. Students will often camp out for the entire 36-hour period to guarantee a prominent location for their campaign signage.

“We camp out so we that we can have the best spot on campus; so students can clearly see our message and we can deliver it properly,” said Matt Cecil, political science junior, current president of SDSU’s Inter-Fraternity Council and a candidate for vice president of university affairs.

Cecil and the slate of candidates he shares a platform with have had more than 150 friends help them reserve their bits of turf.

“We have to have one person in every single tent for the entire 36 hours in order to save our spots,” he said.

Mum’s the word

Since students couldn’t officially start campaigning until March 2, they had to keep mum when asked by other students, faculty and staff what they were doing.

According to Associated Students Vice President of External Affairs Krista Parker, political science senior, the annual tradition is jokingly referred to as “national camp-out day” among candidates. Once the silent period lifts, students roll out their campaign signs, both large and small.

Students can vote in the AS General Elections March 12 – 15 via WebPortal. For more information on candidates and upcoming debates, visit the Associated Students General Election webpage.