Students tie-dye a shirt for the upcoming election


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During The Slate’s tie-dye event, students were given a shirt and encouraged to cast their vote in tie-dye by coloring their shirt blue for Obama or red for Romney.

Everyone loves free stuff and thanks to The Slate, SU students had the opportunity to tie-dye free shirts in the Quad on Wednesday afternoon.

In order to promote its political debate, “The Decision 2012: The Choice Is Yours,” that happened on Thursday, Oct. 25.

The Slate brought shirts and tie-dye materials to a table in the Quad and offered the students the chance to “cast their vote” for the upcoming election.

The idea came from SU senior and The Slate’s Public Relations Director Christina Pooler after seeing a commercial for the 7-Eleven “7-Election” campaign, in which customers purchase cups of coffee in the color they plan on voting – blue for Obama and red for Romney.

Pooler decided it would be a great idea for T-shirts.

“I just thought it would be a cool way to show support for the candidates,” Pooler said, while preparing the dye for students already lining up to start.

The idea was to take a white shirt with “The Decision 2012” printed in white letters and to dye the shirt in the color of the political party for which one plans on voting for.

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Photo by Chelsea Wehking / The Slate

The shirt could be dyed blue for the Democratic Party, red for Republican, or purple for Independent, undecided, or just wanting a colorful shirt.

The first few students walked by timidly, unsure what to make of the project.
But once the words “free” were spoken, they dove right in and began coloring their “Decision 2012” shirts.

By the time the supplies were set up, there was already a line headed up the sidewalk.
The Slate provided 50 shirts to whomever showed up first but after an hour, they were gone.
The tables messy with dye and everyone smiling from the success, the event appeared to go off without a hitch.

One can only hope Election Day runs as smoothly.


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