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Spend Election Night with Most-Politically Active Students in the Nation

WHAT: Presidential Election Watch Party
WHO: American University Students

:  7 p.m. to midnight Tuesday, November 4

WHERE: The Tavern and First Floor Mary Graydon Center, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

MEDIA: AU Media Relations, 202-885-5950 or

WASHINGTON, D.C.—American University students will show why Princeton Review designated them the most-politically active in the nation as they immerse themselves in the political pandemonium that will be election night 2008.

The main event on campus will be a presidential election watch party from 7 p.m. until midnight throughout the first floor of the Mary Graydon Center.  Election news coverage will be on the big screen in the Tavern, and on numerous other screens throughout the first floor.  Aside from watching the results as they unfold, students will play pin-the-tail on the political animal (donkey), enjoy refreshments, and celebrate with party favors.

German Public Television, ZDF, will be broadcasting and Web casting from the Tavern live beginning at 7 p.m.  Seven German AU students will discuss the election with a ZDF news anchor, and two other AU students will blog live for AU’s student-run newspaper, The Eagle, about what ZDF and the German students are doing.

Beginning at 5 p.m., students in AU’s Washington Semester program will gather to watch election coverage in the Tenley Café on the university’s Tenley Campus.  

AU students will also participate in election night off-campus. Approximately 21 students enrolled in the course Election 2008: Politics, Polls, and the Youth Vote will be completing one of their assignments by conducting exit polling at numerous areas across the Washington, D.C., metro area.  The students, along with USA Today and Gallup, created a poll of young voters. The results, which found that Obama holds a 20-point lead over McCain with young voters, were published on’s On Politics blog a week before election day.

Additionally, several undergraduate and graduate students in AU’s School of Communication will be working with broadcast, print and Web news media outlets around the city to get the experience of covering a large, national story.  Outlets include the Washington, D.C., bureau of NBC’s Today Show, Politico, Washington Post, USA Today and the Associated Press, among others. These are one-day positions the school has arranged with editors in which students will be assigned a variety of duties, from compiling briefs to monitoring social networks to updating election returns to assisting a polling editor.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.