Elon’s School of Communications will be hosting C-SPAN’s Campaign 2008 bus as part of the “Road to the White House” tour.
The 45-foot bus will be on display in the McEwen parking lot from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and School of Communications classes will tour the bus for live presentations on how the 2008 presidential campaign will be covered.
Don Grady, Associate Professor of Communications says it’s very exciting to have the bus come to campus.
“This is a great opportunity for students, faculty and others to see how C-SPAN covers elections,” Grady says.
“They do actually use that bus as a remote site to broadcast,” Darrell Heinrich, Director of Public and Government Affairs for Time-Warner in Greensboro says. “The C-SPAN bus goes around the country every year and they doctor up the bus for special themes. This year is the 2008 election.”
“They sit everybody down on the inside and tell them what’s what,” Heinrich says of the 20 minute tour which is guided by C-SPAN workers and can accommodate up to 18 people at a time.
If you do not have a class with a scheduled tour, stop by and they will try to fit you in. “[C-SPAN] is anxious to accommodate as many people as possible and so are we,” Grady says.
There might be an opportunity to give additional students time inside the bus during the 10 minutes scheduled between tours. Otherwise, the good times to come even if you don’t have a class scheduled for a tour are 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.
“If you are there at 8 a.m., the first class isn’t set to arrive until 8:15,” Heinrich says. The last class is done by 12:00 p.m., so stop by then before the bus gets packed up at 12:15.
Faculty, staff and student media are invited for a tour at 8:45 a.m.
“I’m really excited,” Kevin Kline, sophomore Communications major says. “As a Communications major and a Poly-Sci minor, visiting the C-SPAN bus will be a fun experience to see what it’s like covering a presidential campaign.”
“We’re thrilled we’re the first stop on the C-SPAN bus tour for this political season,” Grady says. “This isn’t just a tour bus, it’s a working bus.”
The bus will also visit Western Alamance High School from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 23. If students are unable to sneak into a tour at Elon in the morning, stop by the high school right at 3 p.m. for another opportunity for a tour.
C-SPAN, the political network of record, was created in 1979 by America’s cable companies as a public service. C-SPAN is currently available in 90 million households, C-SPAN2 in 82 million households, and C-SPAN3 in more than 12 million households nationwide. For more information about C-SPAN, visit www.c-span.org.
Read this article as it appeared in The Pendulum, Elon University’s student newspaper.