C-SPAN bus brings the news to SFC

Santa Fe College students tour the C-SPAN bus on the SFC campus Wednesday, February 1, 2012.

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Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 5:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 5:59 p.m.

Collin Ducote, a 24-year-old Santa Fe College student, boarded the bus Wednesday and slipped on a pair of headphones.

Instead of music, the graphic arts student listened to Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.

National news station C-SPAN brought the presidential race to Santa Fe College with its Campaign 2012 bus, filled with interactive media on the political process and candidates.

Cox Communications sponsored the bus’ visit. Maureen Tartaglione of Cox said the bus has traveled to the University of Florida before, but organizers felt that Santa Fe’s initiative to bring civic programs to campus as well as the start of Black History Month made the college a better fit this year.

Ducote said he hasn’t closely followed the race to the Oval Office.

“I don’t know much about the way we come up with a candidate, so I learned a little about that,” he said.

Chris DeManche, a marketing representative for C-SPAN, said he hopes students will see the network’s many platforms as a voting resource.

“I think people are getting more engaged with the process and idea of learning more about candidates and preparing to vote,” he said, as more primaries occur.

Jacob Beard, 65, came to campus from his home in Alachua to learn more.

“I think (President Barack) Obama has done some good things, but I’m concerned about the problems he’s had with Congress,” Beard said. “I feel that (Mitt) Romney has a lot to offer and I’m going to follow him very closely.”

Warren Hancock, a dual enrollment student from Professional Academies Magnet at Loften, said he was unsure who he would support with his first vote.

“They all have their good points and bad points, some more than others,” he said.

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