Politics on campus are never in short supply, and students
looking to get involved don’t have to look very far.
The New Voters Project, the CSU Young Democrats and the CSU
College Republicans all offer ways for students to get involved in
The New Voters Project, a nonpartisan nationwide organization,
has been at CSU for about three and a half years, said Joel Heyman,
the secretary and co-chair.
“We don’t care who people vote for, but that they get out and
vote,” said Erin Hickok, the campus organizer for NVP. “We’re
looking at issues for young people and getting young people to
Hickok, a 2002 graduate of Iowa State University, has been
working with the organization since August. She started with the
Youth Vote Project in Iowa as an intern and is now helping NVP
register voters at CSU.
“We’re going to go out and register people downtown, in Old
Town,” Hickok said.
Hickok said NVP will also go to dining halls and classrooms on
campus and visit other student organizations.
“We’re trying to force the politicians to listen to young
people,” Hickok said. “That’s the reason we are doing what we’re
Heyman, a junior political science major, has been a part of NVP
for about a year and a half. He is also working with the Green
Party in Colorado.
“It’s the only political party that really reflects my values,”
Heyman said. “(We’re working on) a 10-month campaign based on the
Green Party’s 10 key values.”
The Greens are hosting a silent protest in October in
conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Center for Peace and Justice.
The protest will be peaceful, with an effort to gain awareness of
the 49 missile silos around Greeley, Heyman said.
The group does not have a large active group, but Heyman said
there are more behind the scenes.
“We have a core group of about 15,” Heyman said. “But our
mailing list is about 70 people.”
There are also Green Party student groups at University of
Northern Colorado and Aims Community College, both in Greeley,
Last year, Ashleigh McBeth, president of CSU Young Democrats,
reorganized the group after she transferred to CSU from South
“I transferred here and there was no group,” said McBeth, a
senior political science major. “They had kind of disbanded and I
started it up again. I was very disappointed the other voice wasn’t
The group brings candidates to CSU to speak to students and is
helping Democratic campaigns in Colorado, including Bob Bacon’s,
Ken Salazar’s and Stan Matsunaka’s.
“Anyone who is running this year, we are helping,” McBeth
The Democrats also tailgate at CSU football games to get their
McBeth said she is supporting the Democrats because of her
“I think they’re generally the better ticket for everyone,”
McBeth said. “They take into consideration everyone. Personally,
I’m pro-choice and I’m concerned about my future.”
Beckie Bean, a junior apparel merchandising major, said being in
Young Democrats is a good opportunity for students.
“It’s a volunteer opportunity for people who want to get more
involved,” said Bean, who has been involved for about a month.
“I’ll still stay in it (after the election).”
The CSU College Republicans are also out and about before the
“I just want to support my party and my president,” said J.T.
Davis, the executive director for the group. “That’s the best way
to get involved. I support Bush first and foremost. He’s got moral
clarity like no one I’ve ever seen. He’s a man of principal and a
man of conviction.”
Davis, a senior criminal justice and political science major,
said the group offers Republican students a way to get to know
others with the same political beliefs.
“We’re here to let people know they’re not alone and push the
conservative Republican message,” Davis said. “If you’re
conservative and concerned about what’s going on on your campus,
Davis said the group is also trying to get people more educated
about the national and local issues and are working directly with
local campaigns, such as the Pete Coors campaign and the George
Bush/Dick Cheney presidential ticket.
Kristine Palser, a senior human development major, said the
group does phone calls, precinct walks, mailings and voter
registration to get more people interested.
“We work at rallies and got to meet Mr. Bush,” Palser said. “I
think it’s important here to get involved.”