College-age students vote in this election?We...


October 30, 1992

WILL MORE college-age students vote in this election?

We can't be sure, but local colleges seem to be doing their part to convince their students to do so.

An English class at Johns Hopkins is holding a make-up class the evening before elections. To compensate for the different rTC scheduling a student suggested they order pizza. The rest of the class thought it was a great idea, until another student raised the question of paying for it.

Then the professor joined in. "The pizza is on me." she told them, "Just as long as you can prove you're voting the next day."

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THE LEAGUE of Conservation Voters wasn't too worried about conservation when it announced its endorsement of Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-5th, last week. In one 18-hour period, the national environmental group faxed 14 identical press releases to a single bureau of The Baltimore Sun.

The one-page release praised the veteran congressman for his role as co-sponsor of the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act and the Clean Water Bill, for protecting wetlands and saving trees, especially Maryland's "Belt Woods," one of the last virgin forests on the East Coast.

Sadly, more trees had to die for the league's announcement than was necessary.

The first press release came across the fax Oct. 19 at 4:18 p.m. The next followed two hours later, at 6:17 p.m. Then a string of six faxes arrived in 35 minutes -- at 7:55 p.m. 8:01 p.m., 8:09 p.m., 8:16 p.m., 8:23 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.

Another release didn't show up until the 9:55 the next morning. Five more quickly followed, at 10:08 a.m, 10:15 a.m., 10:21 a.m., 10:28 a.m., and 10:35 a.m.

The league wrote, "We need the kind of environmental dedication that Steny Hoyer has displayed in Congress." Looks like the league needs him as much as anyone.

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