Columbia Grad School of Journalism Covers 2008 Service Nation Summit

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Welcome to Columbia Graduate School of Journalism's coverage of the 9/11/08 Obama-McCain Presidential Candidate's Forum on the Columbia University Campus.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

To Vote or Not to Vote

Within less than two hours, over 50 people registered to vote at a table set up across the street from Columbia for the Obama campaign, according to campaign volunteer Carol Martin. Meanwhile, protesting groups were calling on people not to vote. "Actively not voting is not the same as passively not voting," says Sean Venkat, a student leading the group outside the campus gate. "Apathy is thinking that you can go once every four years and vote and that this would change the world." Venkat says his political awareness began four years ago after a visit to Mexico, where people vote actively yet achieve no change.

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