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Students chalk the walk for change
by Jessica Garcia
Sep 28, 2008 | 841 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Tony Contini - Noah Daniels, a McQueen High School junior, spends his Sunday chalking up the University of Nevada, Reno to inform the students of Sen. Barack Obama's visit on Tuesday.
Tribune/Tony Contini - Noah Daniels, a McQueen High School junior, spends his Sunday chalking up the University of Nevada, Reno to inform the students of Sen. Barack Obama's visit on Tuesday.
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With a few pieces of chalk in hand and the University of Nevada, Reno campus as their canvas, a group of 12 students on Sunday sought to get the word out on Sen. Barack Obama’s visit to Reno this week.

The volunteers practiced their publicity skills by inscribing colorful messages starting from the Joe Crowley Student Union and heading south in hopes of attracting campus dwellers today to see Obama at UNR’s main quad on Tuesday.

Gillian Porten, 19, an intern for Obama’s Campaign for Change, said she’s “always been a Democrat since I knew what politics was.”

Porten said she’s excited to see the presidential candidate in person and to hear what he’ll have to say. She hopes he’ll speak to the current state of the economy as well as the environment.

“I think we need a switch toward alternative energy sources,” Porten said.

She plans to attend Tuesday’s events even if it means skipping class.

“I’ve already e-mailed my teachers!” she said.

Elsewhere with chalk, Noah Daniels may be a little young to vote in this election at 16, but he’s already showing an interest in politics.

“I didn’t get involved until Obama became the Democratic candidate,” Daniels said. “But once he was chosen, I thought he would be a good candidate.”

Daniels, a junior at McQueen High School, has helped with voter registration and persuasion calls. He spend the early part of Sunday canvassing neighborhoods.

“I went through half of my life with failed policies,” he said. “I’m ready for change.”

If Obama is elected, Daniel wants to see the United States exit Iraq for good and to see him make college more affordable.

“I want to be able to have the best education,” he said.

In addition to the chalking, some volunteers spent Sunday afternoon making signs to publicize the event.

Giertz said Obama is pursuing the younger generation who also have much at stake in the near future.

“The students and young voters are very important to Sen. Obama,” Giertz said.

Giertz said Obama may address issues on Tuesday such as the financial crisis, health care and emphasizing the final few days to register to vote, the deadline of which is Saturday.

The event is slated to start at about 10 a.m., said Jeff Giertz, Obama’s Nevada deputy communications director.
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