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SUNY Mascot Madness

Its that time of year again. Mascot Madness! Our beloved school mascot, Stitch the Tiger, is in the running for the top SUNY mascot. Voting is super easy. It takes just a couple of minutes to visit this link and vote for Stitch in round 1 of the tournament. Here are the other rounds that Stitch will be counting on you to help him make it to the top.

SUNY Mascot Madness Tournament/Voting Schedule:

  • Round 1: Tuesday, March 13 at 12 noon – Friday, March 16 at 4pm
  • Round 2: Monday, March 19 at 12 noon – Wednesday, March 21 at 4pm
  • Round 3: Thursday, March 22 at 12 noon – Monday, March 26 at 4pm
  • Final 4: Wednesday, March 28 at 12 noon – Friday, March 30 at 4pm
  • Finals: Monday, April 2 at 12 noon – Wednesday, April 4 at 1pm

You can only vote once every 12 hours per email. Stitch will also be out on campus all throughout the competition so feel free to say hello and if you mention you voted for him, he may even give you a sweet little treat!

How My Country (Switzerland) Votes

Hello there! I’m guessing most of view watched the presidential debate that took place yesterday, between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. As an international student from Switzerland, I’m not very familiar with the political system in the United States (although I did take a Business Law class), and to be completely honest was never really interested in the political elections. But in my Principles to Public Relations class, our assignment was to watch the presidential debate and write a two page essay on how each candidate attempted to reach the target audience they are having trouble connecting with. This was finally an excuse for me to get familiar with the candidates and understand a little better what was happening in this election.

Coming from a country that does not have a president, and no debates, it was really weird watching possibly future leaders of a country get at each other throats so aggressively. You see in Switzerland, Swiss citizens have the right to have their say at all three levels of state, and can therefore have a considerable influence on political matters. We have a direct democracy, which means we can decide on policy initiatives. We can launch an initiative, request a referendum, or submit a petition. So it was really confusing, because it seemed to me that the majority of voters were for Clinton, so why is Trump not far behind Clinton in electoral votes? I finally understood! Basically US citizens, when they vote, are actually electing persons (electoral college) who will then elect the president. So even though they might be for the democrat party, the electors have the final vote and might vote for the republican party after all. Which to me coming from a country, where my vote actually makes a difference, doesn’t make any sense.

What did you think of the presidential debate?

xoxo

-Z