BBC, WUSF will broadcast live from the Marshall Student Center. Hundreds of students, Rocky, the Sun Dolls and USF Cheerleaders to attend
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 24, 2012) – University of South Florida Student Government will hold a “Tailgate Watch Party” on election night, Tuesday, Nov. 6 beginning at 5 p.m. and running until 1 a.m. at the Marshall Student Center, adjacent to its landmark Bulls fountain. Students will be able to watch election results and television coverage as it is projected onto the west wall of the USF Bookstore in an event also co-sponsored by the NAACP, Omega Phi Beta and Delta Sigma Theta.
Global news leader BBC Radio will be broadcasting live from the event as one of its election night coverage locations from around the United States. The BBC 5Live broadcast will feature interviews with USF faculty experts discussing top issues in the campaign and with students representing the much-coveted youth vote in the 2012 election. The network is also hosting a panel discussion with students, local political leaders and experts from approximately 6 to 7 p.m.; WUSF will simultaneously broadcast the discussion.
During the watch party, Student Government will be serving food and refreshments to complement the “tailgate party” theme. Rocky, the Sun Dolls and the USF Cheerleaders will also entertain the crowd from 5 to 8 p.m.
Attendees are expected to bring stadium chairs, footballs and corn toss games to complete the tailgate party theme. Parking fees and restrictions will be waived in the three lots adjacent to the Marshall Student Center (behind the USF theaters) and all levels of the Crescent Hill garage beginning at 5 p.m.
“Student Government is excited and honored to be hosting BBC on election night,” said USF Student Body President Brian Goff. “This event marks the culmination of a long year of events geared at promoting the election and educating the student body on candidates and issues on the ballot.
“Student Government kicked off this year-long process with the Republican Presidential Primary Debate in January and has been working nonstop ever since. Beginning with the fall semester, we began registering students to vote, held a campus-wide straw poll gauging student opinion and have held several debate watch parties. Most recently we assisted in hosting Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan on campus to discuss the recent successes of our College of Business. We anticipate a good turnout at the watch party and are looking forward to the results.”
The BBC also will broadcast Wednesday morning from the Marshall Student Center to discuss the election results.
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities, a distinction attained by only 2.2 percent of all universities. It ranks 50th in the nation for federal expenditures in research and total expenditures in research among all U.S. universities, public or private, according to the National Science Foundation. The USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion, an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion, and serves 47,000 students in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland.