College Democrats to host annual Indiana fundraiser

The College Democrats will have its annual statewide dinner at Cornerstone Center for the Arts on Saturday. Money raised will fund an internship opportunity with a Democratic election campaign this fall.

About a dozen Democrat officials from across Indiana are planning to attend, including U.S. Congressman Brad Elsworth, Representative Dennis Tyler and Senator Sue Errington. Mike Uehlein, the president of Ball State University College Democrats, said Senator Evan Bayh also might attend.

He said he expects the invited speakers to discuss financial reform, health care and cap and trade, as well as staying involved with government. The theme revolves around a connection between John F. Kennedy and President Barack Obama. The logo for event posters reads, "The legacy of their voices ignited an era."

"Traditionally, people think of [Thomas] Jefferson and [Andrew] Jackson as the founding members of the Democratic Party," Uehlein said. "But now people are starting to think of Kennedy and Obama. They're very influential members [of the party]."

Uehlein said with the deadlock in Washington, D.C., students are starting to show little concern for the U.S. government.

"Students are getting more apathetic," he said. "People see a deadlock and don't see any success, but change doesn't happen immediately."

Uehlein said everybody has the responsibility to stay involved in government.

"That's part of having an effective democracy," he said.

The event will take place at Cornerstone Center for the Arts. The cost is free to students and $20 for non-students. Uehlein said he hopes to fill the Great Room to it's 240-seat capacity. For more information about the dinner and to register, go to

What: College Democrats of Indiana Annual fundraiser
When: 6 p.m. Feb. 13
Where: Cornerstone Center for the Arts
Why: To raise money for an internship with a Democratic election campaign this fall
Cost: Free for students, $20 for non-students, $200 for a table

Congressman Brad Elsworth
State Representative Dennis Tyler, who represents the Muncie area
State Senator Sue Errington, who represents the Muncie area

Go to for more information and to register. 


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