Levels Gets Political With Barack Obama Night
In a first of its kind event in State College, tonight, Levels Nightclub has decided to host a “Students for Barack Obama” event tonight. While the event is not an official Obama for America campaign event, but rather co-sponsored by the Students for Barack Obama and the Penn State College Democrats, the purpose of such events is simple; reengage the student-age voters who were successfully mobilized during Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential run.
The 18+ (dry) event is free to enter from 7-9 p.m. and there is no reentry cover for those who stay after for the bar opening — potentially a solid pro-tip for those passionate Thursday night Levels-goers who want to avoid the cover.
The Facebook event advertises an intriguing opportunity to “celebrate with a very special guest” the identity of whom, until yesterday evening was a mystery. The guest is Penn State fencer and Olympic athlete, Miles Chamley-Watson, who will be on hand for the event.
The event is set to include many of the traditional ‘get out the vote’ activities including voter registration (Reminder, October 9th deadline), volunteer-seeking, campaign giveaways, and more. Additionally, students and volunteers will be working the Levels line over the course of the night registering the bored/slightly inebriated individuals waiting to enter the club.
The oft mentioned challenge of mobilizing student-age voters is a very valid one, and events such as this aim to excite the base of the largely indifferent voting demographic.
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