The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Print Edition
Letter to the editor submissions
Have a strong opinion about something happening on campus or in Fort Collins? Want to respond to an article written on The Collegian? Write a Letter to the Editor by following the guidelines here.
Follow Us on Twitter
Lando Norris in Miami. Accident win or the birth of a new star?
May 17, 2024

  On May 5, 2024, an essential event for Formula 1 occurred in Miami. One of the favorites of the world public, the Briton Lando...

Will.i.am gets voter registration started on the Plaza

will.i.am on the LSC plaza
will.i.am speaks to students about voter registration on the LSC plaza Oct 4, 2012. The last day to register to vote in Colorado is Oct 9.

Will.i.am, member of the Black Eyed Peas, visited CSU’s campus today to remind students they only have five days left to register to vote.

“America needs us,” will.i.am said. “Something is wrong with America and it isn’t us.”

Ad

Volunteers braved the cold weather, gripping clipboards to assist a 100-person crowd with their registration.

“Colorado is a huge battleground state,” said Emma Marion, junior international studies major and intern at Organizing for America. “If we get people to vote here we could swing the election.”

Adorned in sparking gold loafers, will.i.am reinforced the message that the youth vote matters in a five minute speech.

“We have to stand up for our president,” he said.

Students began congregating on the plaza at 2 p.m. and shivered in huddled groups, waiting to hear will.i.am speak.

I love it when celebrities endorse candidates they support and use their influence to spread their voice,” said Josef Canaria, senior political science and communication studies major. “With fame they have a lot of power and I think it’s their social responsibility.”

Will.i.am is one of a few celebrities using fame to endorse Obama on CSU’s campus. Last month Harold and Kumar visited campus and on Saturday Jesse Williams from Grey’s Anatomy will be in Fort Collins.

“This is the first time I’m voting in the presidential election and I want to get all the information I can,” said Devon Aimes, junior business and computer information systems major.

Aimes attended other Obama campaign speeches on campus and he said he would go to Romney speakers if they visited CSU.

Ad

Obama support, Aimes said, has been more apparent on campus. While the president visited campus last month the only member form the Romney campaign who has come to Fort Collins is Paul Ryan, who spoke at a venue on South Harmony.

“I love the Obama message but I always want to get as much information and see as many views as I can,” Aimes said.

Senior Reporter Kate Simmons can be reached at news@collegian.com.

View Comments (11)
More to Discover

Comments (11)

When commenting on The Collegian’s website, please be respectful of others and their viewpoints. The Collegian reviews all comments and reserves the right to reject comments from the website. Comments including any of the following will not be accepted. 1. No language attacking a protected group, including slurs or other profane language directed at a person’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, social class, age, physical or mental disability, ethnicity or nationality. 2. No factually inaccurate information, including misleading statements or incorrect data. 3. No abusive language or harassment of Collegian writers, editors or other commenters. 4. No threatening language that includes but is not limited to language inciting violence against an individual or group of people. 5. No links.
All The Rocky Mountain Collegian Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *