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Homecoming Elections Set for Today

While Homecoming queen candidates had tables in the Pit today, Homecoming king candidates spent less time campaigning.

Students can vote for this year's Homecoming king and queen from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. today by logging on to Student Central and clicking on "vote" to cast a ballot.

Each candidate runs on a platform that includes a service project, a point which candidates were trying to make students aware of Tuesday. The three candidates for Homecoming queen set up banners and tables in the Pit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Candidate Jessica McLean boasted a campaigning committee of about 45 people, mostly close friends. "We are really trying to have more interaction with people," McLean said. "I'm explaining my service project to students."

McLean's campaigning efforts also included speaking to the Delta Zeta, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Kappa Kappa Gamma sororities Tuesday evening. She said she plans to continue her last-minute campaigning today.

Candidate Shayla Higginbotham's campaign committee walked around the Pit holding posters and passing out handbills the day before elections. Higginbotham said she will have a step performance in the Pit today to grab students' attention. "Wednesday is a big day," she said. "I want to present my (service) project to as many people as possible."

But candidate Aidil Polanco said Tuesday's campaigning was not more intense than it had been previously.

"I've been planning and campaigning heavily since the first day," Polanco said. "I've been going to three or four meetings or events every night to talk to students. But the campaigning this week is more visual, with posters and banners."

While the ladies were out in full swing, the men were less visible with their campaigning. No Homecoming king candidates had tables in the Pit on Tuesday. "The girls have gone all out. They're really competitive, but I don't see that much going on with the guys," said candidate Victor Ibrahim.

Ibrahim said he's been too busy for extensive campaigning, and he does not have a campaign committee. "I'm going to try to make some fliers tonight so I can get those out on Wednesday."

Candidate Marcus Harvey said he has decided to take an alternative route with his campaign strategy. "I'm not big on politics, and I think that what I've already done on campus should speak for itself," he said.

Harvey has spoken to some organizations and some classes in the Department of Dramatic Art.

Although candidate Thurston Cherry did not have a Pit table Tuesday, he was walking around with fliers and speaking to students. "All the tables were filled," Cherry said. "Plus I think it's more effective to go to students and pass things out."

Cherry said he campaigned more extensively earlier this week, sitting in the Pit on Monday. He also spoke to several student groups, including fraternities.

"Wednesday is going to be crazy," he said. "I'm sure that there will be people everywhere."

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