Class Studies Presidential Primaries Up Close

Posted: March 1, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Carrie Secondo

New Century College interim dean Janette Muir took students of her class, The 2000 Presidential Primary Campaign, to New Hampshire in February to witness first-hand action of a presidential primary in progress. Also traveling with the class were faculty members Jim Young and Lisa Adams.

“We used New Hampshire as a laboratory for learning,” says Muir. The class broke into groups and followed different candidates as they gave rally speeches and met with crowds of New Hampshire residents. The students focused on how candidates adapt to different audiences and how the media covers different events. They also were able to talk with New Hampshire citizens about politics and the primary campaign.

Students took notice of what media outlets were at the rallies, and later watched TV to see how the media shaped the events. They also had the opportunity to meet third-party candidates. One candidate, Jim Miller, an independent who is making a film about his experience, met with the students and has continued communicating with them.

Muir plans for the class to display its work to the university community at Innovations 2000 on April 19 and at the New Century College Spring Exposition held in May. She also plans to teach a follow-up class in the fall on the general election.

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