C-SPAN Campaign Bus stopping at Santa Fe College Wednesday


Published: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 4:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 4:23 p.m.

The C-SPAN Campaign 2012 bus has driven from heated Senate and gubernatorial races to presidential elections and through all 50 state capitals in the past 18 years. Yes, that includes Hawaii and Alaska.

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If you go

What: C-SPAN’s Campaign 2012 bus, part of the Road to the White House Tour, open free to public.

When: Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Santa Fe College, Building S, 3000 NW 83rd St.

The bus will make its latest stop at Santa Fe College on Wednesday, a day after the Florida Republican presidential primary.

The bus offers an array of ways for visitors to become informed about the election process and the government, including social media, interactive maps, video archives and candidate platforms. Two C-SPAN representatives will be on hand to answer any questions.

Marilyn Tubb, associate vice president of college relations at Santa Fe, said it’s a nice opportunity for the college to follow the primary election but also kick off Black History Month and the Democracy Commitment. The Commitment is a pledge by community colleges across the nation to bring civics and a better knowledge of democracy through programs and curriculum. The initiative was based on the American Democracy Project, which is catered to four-year institutions.

“Colleges were noticing that today’s students don’t know as much as they should know about democracy,” she said.

She said this is because many high schools do not teach civics classes anymore.

Heath Neiderer, a marketing manager of C-SPAN, said the Campaign 2012 bus was launched in August 2011 and has had more than 240 stops, so far, from Iowa to Jacksonville.

“The goal of the bus is (to be) a community education outreach vehicle,” he said.

Locations are chosen based on anchor events — like the Florida primary — but it also attends campaign events. After Santa Fe, the bus is headed to Tallahassee and Pensacola, then later to Memphis, Tenn., and it will eventually make it’s way out to Tucson, Ariz., for a book festival in March. He said the bus normally makes three to four stops a day.

The bus, like C-SPAN, is funded by the cable companies that carry the network.

He said when people get on the bus, be it “C-SPAN junkies or high school kids,” most know the programming through the TV station. He said the bus shows visitors the multiple ways people can get information through C-SPAN.

Tubb said civic literacy is a goal of the college and hopes the C-SPAN Campaign 2012 bus helps kick-start the program through the fun and interactive setup.

“The goal is to help our students become better citizens after they leave us.”

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