Angelina College students take part in Stump Speeches

Angelina College students take part in Stump Speeches

LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - With Election Day just a little more than a week away, Angelina College's Club Express is pushing students to get out and vote, and they're doing it the old-fashioned way.

Club Express will host two days' worth of "Stump Speeches." They've acquired an actual tree stump for the events from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 27 and Tuesday, Oct. 28 in front of the AC Student Center.

Club president Lindsey Moore, a sophomore communications major, said the objective is to prompt fellow students to get out and cast their votes.

"For one thing, we're trying to get people to get out and vote. I saw a sign at the Democratic headquarters in town, and it said Texas is a "red state", meaning people don't vote as much. We want people to vote.

"We're using the stump speeches to create a dialogue and encourage others to vote. We've contacted representatives from both parties and encouraged them to attend. They can use it as a rally if they want."

Moore said the focus will be on the current gubernatorial race; however, as in the old days of stump speeches, any political topic is fair game.

"These types of speeches were used a long time ago as a way for not only candidates to stand and express themselves, but also for potential voters to discuss why they were thinking the way they were," Moore said. "We hope it will get the students' attention, and maybe prevent them from thinking their votes won't do any good. Every vote counts."