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It's time to Vote!

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It's time to Vote!

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Volume 11 Number 3
Downingtown High School East Campus
November, 2008
2008-2009
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It’s time to Vote!
On Friday October 24
th
,
Downingtown East High School
welcomed its very first set of
French exchange students in a
program originated by nearby
Westtown School. Twelve students
from Institut Montalembert, will
participate in the program, which
will continue through November
7
th
. The DEHS advisors for the
program, Madame McFadden
and Madame Gayl, have planned
several exciting excursions
including ones to Washington
D.C., Philadelphia, and the Amish
Country for the hosts and their
partners. In addition, the pairs can
travel independently to cities as
close as West Chester, or for those
looking
for a little
more hustle
and bustle,
New York
City. Also
scheduled are
Halloween
related
activities
including
field trips to the Bates Motel, the
likes of which the French students,
who celebrate this holiday in a
very different way, have never
seen. This exciting academic and
social opportunity has required
extensive planning, much of which
our school’s French students
have been involved in first hand.
After applying and receiving
acceptance into the program, host
students were given the chance to
match themselves with a French
counterpart based on compatibility
in interests and personalities.
Senior participant Ilona Miller
says of choosing her partner
Claire, “I wanted an exchange
student who was really outgoing
so that we could spend tons of
time discussing our contrasting
cultures.” Ilona was also excited
about introducing Claire to
American politics. “This is such
an important election, I’m glad
that Claire will be able to see our
democratic practices first-hand.
We definitely plan on following
the election on television.” In
addition to nail-biting television
and spooky hayrides, American
life offers tons of new challenges
for the French students. Luckily,
come April, they will be given
the chance to turn the table on the
Americans,
making the
transition
from guests
to hosts.
From April
6
th
to the
10
th
, over
our school’s
spring break,
eleven
cougars will be temporary
residents of Nogent-Sur-Marne,
twenty minutes outside of
Paris, France. “I can’t wait to
go to Paris! I mean you see it
on television and in the movies
and it’s just so beautiful and
glamorous. Plus I’m excided
to meet Miley’s family,” raves
participant Sarah Wronski. It’s
obvious after talking to them,
that the other students share her
excitement. Danielle Reach sums
up the group’s attitude with a giant
smile on her face. “This is a once
in a lifetime opportunity.”
By Lauren Silverman
Coming to America
You know elections are
nearby when every time you
turn on a TV, another political
campaign ad blasts through the
room. As Election Day comes
closer and closer, the number
of ads will only increase. The
number of negative ads also
grows as candidates try to throw
in last minute information
about their opponent to change
voters’ minds. Does aggressively
attacking the opponent’s
character really affect voters?
Negative campaigning
has been around since the
very first election in 1792.
John Kerry was not the first
candidate labeled as a flip-
flopper; Abe Lincoln also
earned that title by saying he
did and did not support slavery
in the election of 1860. And of
course, negative campaigning
has been an important strategy
for the 2008 election. McCain
has run ads comparing Obama
with celebrities Paris Hilton
and Britney Spears. Obama
constantly mentions McCain’s
connections with the current
Bush regime. Sarah Palin just
recently accused Obama of
“palling around with terrorists.”
Negative ads are all part of the
campaign in order to convince
voters to stay away from
one’s opponent, but how do
people feel about these harsh
exchanges?
“Personally, I just
zone them all out,” says an
anonymous junior. “I figure
whatever the ad says is such
an exaggeration of the truth
that there’s really no substance
in what it’s saying. This is
where the mute button comes
in handy.”
However, research
by Newsmax.com shows
that many voters actually
use negative campaigning as
another source of information.
Despite complaining about how
annoying they find negative
ads, people believe negative
campaigning is an excellent
way to expose one’s opponent.
“They have a way of getting
your attention,” says Senior Sam
Srolis “It’s like a juicy piece of
gossip you can’t ignore.”
Generally, when a
candidate starts losing voters,
he or she increases the amount
of negative ads for his or her
opponent. Since McCain has
been behind in recent polls, the
Wisconsin Advertising Project
reported that almost 100 percent
of his campaign’s ads were
negative during the week of
September 28 through October
4. The Obama campaign
only had 34 percent negative
campaign ads during that time.
The bottom line is voters
should not depend solely on
what they hear from campaign
ads to make their decision.
Candidates are throwing every
little condescending piece of
information they find out to the
public, whether it be a major
exaggeration or truth. Before
you drop your ballot, or push
your beliefs on someone who
will, makesure you have your
facts striaght.
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