Election Day Stories 2015

Story posted November 3, 2015 in News by College of Communications multimedia students

The polls opened at 7 a.m. on Election Day in Centre County. Local elections include races for the school board, borough council, sheriff, recorder of deeds, judges and the position of coroner. Statewide, voters have the opportunity to elect three new judges to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Students from the College of Communications fanned out across the county to cover the election here are their stories.


State rep stumps for fellow Democrat

Scott Conklin is a state representative from the 77th district who decided to spend majority of election day doing a favor by campaigning for his friend and register of wills candidate, Amanda McCartney. Conklin said it is extremely important to always vote in all elections, not just presidential elections, because it is essential to be apart of the election process. 

~ by Shanice Simmons

Early start, long day for poll worker

Jim Leous, Majority Inspector of Elections for State College Precinct 31 helps the judge of elections in his precinct with the various duties of the day including the 7 a.m. set up. He is also in charge of signing off on the elections for the Democratic Party. Leous says he’s been working as the Majority Inspector of Elections for 10 years, ensuring that the elections run smoothly.

~ by Kyle Rosenthal


Election Day at Precinct 31

David Beyerle, Judge of Elections for State College’s Precinct 31, supervises the polling place at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church where he and his staff not only welcome back veteran voters, but also guide first-timers through the process.

~ by Palmira Rios


Elections judge explains voting process

Bob Minard, Judge of Elections for State College Borough Precinct 18 Northwest, takes his job responisibilities seriously.

~ by Alex Woodin


Clerk works polling station to encourage voters

Malcolm Woolen is a clerk at precent 18 in State College, and helps set up the polls and assists voters during the voting process. Woolen hopes that by working the polls he will help encourage as many people to vote as possible, even though we are not in a Presidential election year.

~ by Cody Enos


The 18th Precinct Election Judge

Bob Minard, of State College, is the 18th Precinct Election Judge. He spent the day at Unity Church of Jesus Christ setting up the poll and assisting with people voting. He volunteers for both local and national elections, always working at the church.

~ by Thomas Kopania


First Time Voter

Natalie Faulds is a Penn State sophomore currently studying Finance and French. For this election she decided that she wanted to vote. She cast her ballot at the Unity Church of Jesus Christ. Faulds says that some knowledge of the candidates is probably suggested, but she thinks that it is still important to go out and vote because it is not that big of a time commitment, and it is our right as Americans.

~ by Sully Holt


Involving a younger generation

Erin Lemons, 18, is a senior at Bellefonte High School. She was offered a chance to earn volunteer hours towards her graduation project by being a poll worker. She said she thought it would be a good chance to help out. Lemons is a registered voter, and says it is important for people to vote, not only because it’s an American right, but it is a way of expressing views.

~ by Kristin Consorti


Student gets paid to endorse candidates, encourage voting

Sophomore Hannah Bisbing spent election day in the HUB reminding students to vote. Bisbing is getting paid by Democrat Amanda McCartney’s campaign for Register of Wills. Bisbing was one of many students from the College Democrats organization being paid to bring out the vote.

~ by Tyler Ball


Pipe hopes for victory again

Michael Pipe first ran for Centre Country commissioner — still a relatively unknown candidate in the race — four years ago, following an unsuccessful run for congress. Since then, he’s made waves in his position, advocating for criminal justice reform and other social issues. Throughout the day, Pipe advocated for his re-election, handing out pamphlets with his information on it to prospective voters. He said he's hopeful  about another election victory tonight.

~ by Megan Henney


Volunteer says voting is important

Carla Roser Jones volunteered to campaign for court of common pleas judicial candidate Katie Oliver. She says, “I think it’s every person’s responsibility to learn about the candidates and to come out on election day, and vote for the people will make us a better world.”

~ by Jen Liu


With A Little Help From His Friends

Centre County Commissioner Michael Pipe, 29, is running for re-election. Pipe graduated from Penn State in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and won election in 2011. Pipe believes his youth allows him to connect with students and being raised in Centre County allows him to interact with older residents.  Pipe believes his volunteers, ages 18 to 65, make a successful campaign. 

~ by Valentine Ndibalema

It's What Makes America Great

This was Vincent Tedesco’s fifth year helping with the Centre County elections. Tedesco didn’t cast his own first paper ballot until he was in his 40’s because he served for over 27 years in the U.S. military.  He has always held the firm faith that voting is what makes the United States a strong and successful country. 

~ by Finn Li

A Loyal Supporter


Terry Stuart campaigned at the Municipal Building on Election Day for candidate and friend Janet Engeman. The State College resident is a strong supporter and one day wants to follow in her footsteps and run for Borough Council himself. He says this is the first year that Engeman is running for office and believes she will make a “huge change” in the State College community.

~ by Georgie Wayne


Your Voice in Democracy

Political science major Andrew Uhring disagrees with students who are apathetic and don't vote.  He believes voting is how you have your voice in democracy.

~ by Cara Markward

Appliance store lends space to voters

Mike’s Video, TV, and Appliance of State College is always happy to lend its space for voting during local and national elections says sales manager Jason Dougherty.  Providing a polling place is good for the community and Dougherty says Mike’s appreciates the bonus exposure that voting provides the business.

~ by Alex DeGregorio


Turning out the vote

Shawn Kane is a member of the College Democrats at Penn State and is one of their many members who was out encouraging students to vote in today’s election. In addition to encouraging voter turnout, the College Democrats also help students register to vote.

~ by Caitlin DePaolis


From Plants to Polls

Suzann Tedesco is the majority inspector for the 17th Precinct of Northeastern State College for voting. Tedesco moved to State College in October of 2002. She became active in Penn State Master Gardeners. One of her fellow gardeners suggested that she should work on the election board as a way to get to know other community members.
After only a few days of being settled in her new home, she became a clerk for voting. In 2008, Tedesco ran for election to become Majority Inspector.

~ by Emily Brozyna


Slow But Sure

Donna Brooks and her fellow poll workers find ways to keep busy at St. Methodist Church on a slow Election Day at the polls.

~ by Hannah Brown

Professor runs for office

A Penn State computer science professor with a love for politics found himself in a new situation on this Election Day -- running for State College borough council. There are five candidates running for four council seats. Tonight  Jesse Barlow will find out if he is one of the victors.

~ by Chelsea Friedman


Slow polling day at the Friends Meetinghouse

During an off-year election yesterday in State College some polling places did not get much action. Friends Meetinghouse of State College was one of these locations. Tarynn Sherry is one of five Bellefonte high school students to volunteer at the Quaker religious house where they stayed for 12 hours waiting for the crowd to come.

~ by Christine Rienzo


A  Word From Our President

Among those who voted Tuesday at Penn State’s HUB-Robeson Center was Penn State’s president Eric Barron. Barron said with a smile that you can’t complain about the process if you don’t vote.

~by Jessica Goldstein

A progressive view on the election

While he may be listed as president, Jeffery Masko says he’s not interested in being part of a political group that gives the majority of the power to one person. Masko is the leader of the Progressive Student Coalition at Penn State and their mission is to give a home on campus to a wide range of political perspectives that aren’t commonly discussed in mainstream politics. Mask says he believes local elections are important because you have a bigger voice in a smaller area.

~ by Ciara O'Callaghan


One room polling place

Beth Holcomb is the minority inspector for election day at a one-room school house near Bellefonte. The building has been rumored to have been standing since the 1800s, but has been used on election day for many years.  Holcomb and the rest of her staff served more than 110 voters throughout the day. She said she was surprised with the big turnout for the off-year election.

~ by Matthew Seifert


The Election Judge

Peter Jurs, 72, of State College, is a Chemistry Professor emeritus at Penn State University. Today he worked as the election judge for State College North Precinct number 16. 

~ by Paul Kemper


The voting experience

Marisa Ferger, instructor and staff member in the Penn State Weather Communications Group, says her voting experience in Ferguson Township had a minor glitch.

~ by Jillian Bohenek


Voting for Democrats

Arron Blakmay is a sophomore member of the Penn State College Democrats. His says his interest in politics started during the 2012 elections and he knew coming into college he wanted to get involved with politics.

Blakmay says he believes that the local races are very important for the economy, our tax system, and for students. He says he voted in the local elections straight Democratic because he believes the candidates were more qualified and would bring more change to Center County.

~ by Taylor Lennox


Volunteers canvass to reach young voters

Ron Simpson is a volunteer at the office for the Centre County Democratic party, located on South Allen Street. Simpson is spending his Election Day calling registered Democrats in the area, encouraging their turnout.

~ by Rachel Sapienza


Making the process run smoothly

Renee Ziegler is the Judge of Elections of College South Precinct 42. She spent Centre County election day overseeing the polling place at Juniper Village and assisting voters when needed. Her main responsibility as judge of elections is to ensure all registered voters have the opportunity to vote on election day.

~ by Taylor Clayton

Volunteering to help the Community

Mercedes Howard, of State College, volunteered today at Outlook Church to assist in the election process. She wanted to be involved to help the community. She said she also volunteered in the 2008 presidential election.

~ by Juanita Henry


Warming up for the presidential election

Carolyn Tothero, of State College, worked at Outlook Church as an election official. This is the second time she has volunteered to work at Outlook. She said she hopes to work again for the presidential election in 2016.

~ by Deesha Thosar

Campaigning For a Friend

David Stone spent his election day campaigning for his friend Janet Engeman.  The State College native hoped to help Engeman clinch one of the four available seats on the borough council.  Stone, who lost a bid for a borough council seat last election, said he chose to focus his efforts on ensuring the “best possible candidate” got a seat this year. 

~ by Alex Church

Candidate for County Sheriff

Matt Rickard is a candidate for County Sheriff in Centre County, PA. He says he has been involved in public service for as long as he can remember. He was a member of the Marines, the police force, the S.W.A.T. team, and worked as a detective. Matt has decided this is the next step in advancing his career.

~ by Katie Carlson

Student reminds her peers to vote

Lauren Nogay, a member of Penn State's College Democrats, stood in front of the Willard building this afternoon to remind students to vote. She says it is important for students to participate in local elections because local lawmakers make decisions that can directly affect them.

~ by Megan Caldwell


State representative encourages voter participation


State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Rush Township, represents the legislative district that includes Penn State University. He has been voting ever since he turned 18, four decades ago. This morning he was campaigning in front of Oakwood Presbyterian Church in State College. He says it’s important for voters to take advantage of the transparent election system and make wise decisions.

~ by Yibai Tan

Millinder campaigns to be the new boss

Christine Millinder has worked in Centre County government for 28 years, including the last six as Chief Deputy Register of Wills. She hopes to replace her boss, Kimberly A. Barton, current Register of Wills, who will be retiring at the end of 2015.

~ by Xue Bao

Family Tradition

As the sun rose over Centre County, Pa. on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, volunteers prepared for the arrival of voters on a chilly start to Election Day.
Within the red brick walls of the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, David Beyerle joked and chatted with the other election officials as the clock ticked towards 7 A.M. and the opening of the polls. 
Inspired by his mother’s volunteering when he was a child, Beyerle has been volunteering for this precinct for seven or eight years.
He is an engineer with Penn State University by profession but loves volunteering twice a year on Election Day.

~ by Haley Nelson

The System Needs Fixing

Luke Vonada believes the way to get more people, especially students, to vote is to change our education system.

~ by Abhar Shah


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Alex Woodin

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Alex Woodin is an experienced sports journalist with interest in play-by-play announcing as well as the business side of the sports industry.  He has previously covered sports for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, ESPN Radio, 97.5 The Fanatic and he also worked at an international news station called ICS in Shanghai, China.

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Tyler Ball

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Tyler is from Dallas, Texas, majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in American History. He currently serves as the President & GM of The Lion 90.7 FM and is also a member of The Lion’s sports department.

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Palmira Rios

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Palmira Rios is a senior from Dallas,Texas majoring in broadcast journalism with an emphasis on sports and minoring in Spanish. She is a student-producer for In the Game and host for Lady Lion Insider. Palmira aspires to one day be a reporter, talk-show host, or correspondent for any of the four major sports leagues.

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Chelsea Friedman

senior / Broadcast Journalism - News Producer

I’ve wanted to be a journalist since I was a child, something I am very proud of because I know I was born for this. Along with my major, I have a minor in History. I aspire to be a news producer and I’m also interested in law school. I’ve written for The Daily Collegian for over three semesters as the state/nation reporter, which is the exact beat I want to cover in my career. My favorite news is hard news, but I also like sports, specifically the NBA and entertainment.

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Haley Nelson

Senior / Photojournalism and Spanish

Haley Nelson is a senior pursuing majors in Photojournalism and Spanish as well as minors in International Studies and Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies. Her dream is to be a foreign correspondent, telling stories and sharing news abroad.

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Alex DeGregorio

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Alex DeGregorio is a senior from Basking Ridge, New Jersey, majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Italian. She is also a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. After spending her first two years at Penn State Berks, her junior year consisted of play-by-play announcing for State High and the Penn State Softball team for ComRadio. During the summer of 2015, she got to intern with the Somerset Patriots in Bridgewater, NJ, as their SPN.tv intern, which allowed her to produce, edit, and film shows for their network as well as film game highlights. Aside from her major involvement, she is the 2016 overall chair for Common benefiting THON. Post graduation, she would love to do something similar to her previous internship: producing and editing shows/highlight videos for a baseball network, preferably The YES Network.

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Jen Liu

Senior / Journalism

I am interested in design and storytelling.

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Caitlin DePaolis

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

As a broadcast journalism major minoring in business, Spanish, and Korean, I love experiences that allow me to harness my innate curiosity in new and challenging ways. Throughout my junior year of college, I’ve had the experience of producing radio shows, filming and editing TV segments, and interacting with people across a variety of backgrounds.

As the time grows near for me to graduate, I would love to channel my drive in the field of entertainment public relations and social media in California, but I am open to working absolutely anywhere and everywhere.

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Thomas Kopania

Senior / Journalism

Thomas is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism with a sports concentration and minoring in business management. Tom is a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, and is also involved in Penn State Sports Nite. Tom also wrote for the Centre Daily Times in the 2015 spring semester.  Upon graduation, Tom hopes to broadcast hockey, or be on a sports radio talk show.

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Deesha Thosar

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Deesha Thosar is a senior studying broadcast journalism, pursuing a career as a sports reporter for a major television network. Deesha was born and raised in Long Island, New York. She writes for the Daily Collegian and reports for a variety of Big Ten sports teams — Penn State football, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, baseball and softball.

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Juanita Henry

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Juanita Henry is an aspiring anchor reporter seeking to work for the news/entertainment industry. She is currently a senior majoring in broadcast journalism at Penn State University. She has had alot of experience in TV production and newspaper editorial. Henry is seeking to gain more experience by interning in news networks.

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Megan Caldwell

Senior / Broadcast Journalism & Political Science

Megan recently completed an internship at NBC Los Angeles as the 11 o’clock news intern. During the Fall of 2014, Megan participated in the Washington D.C. program and interned at The Hill Newspaper.  Megan was a staff reporter at The Daily Collegian for five semesters and a news intern at WPSU Public Media last spring. Upon graduation, Megan hopes to pursue her love of politics and the news as a political reporter for a television news station.

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Kristin Consorti

Senior / Broadcast Journalism and Political Science

Along with Broadcast Journalism and Political Science, Kristin is minoring in photography. Kristin has interned for Tom Corbett’s 2014 re-election campaign,
C-NET Access TV for Centre County, and WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh. Kristin is currently interning for the Centre County Gazette as an Arts and Entertainment Intern, and Leadership Centre County as a Public Relations Intern. At Penn State, she is currently working as an alumni-relations fundraiser with Lion Line where she has raised over $15,000 for academic scholarships. She is also a staff writer and photographer for State in the Real, an online music news publication, and a technical director for ‘For the Record.’ Kristin has also been involved in a number of other organizations, including the Student Sustainability Advisory Council, THON, and Air Force Silver Wings.

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Paul Kemper

Senior / Broadcast Journalism, Wildlife and Fisheries Science

Paul has a passion for all things outdoors. With skills that cross all media platforms, he has produced content for the heaviest hitters in the outdoor industry. He has interned with Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. He currently works for Dangerous Cow Publishing. Paul looks forward to filming, photographing, and writing about his adventures afield.

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Ciara O'Callaghan

Senior / Journalism

Born in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Ciara is a passionate, aspiring journalist at Penn State University. Ciara has worked as a copy desk editor and reporter for the Daily Collegian. She hopes to work for a major news publication as a producer in the near future.

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Xue Bao

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

I am interested in taking videos and doing creative jobs. I always have passion doing new work.

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Yibai Tan

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Always enthusiastic about news, always ready for news.
I had internship experiences in two of the largest broadcast stations both in mainland China and HongKong.

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Shanice Simmons

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

I am a 21-year-old New York native looking for a spot in the entertainment news field. After graduation in May of 2016 I plan to obtain a position as a production assistant on a major radio or television network.

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Sullivan Holt

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

My name is Sullivan Holt and I am currently a senior at The Pennsylvania State University. I am focusing in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in History, and I expect to graduate in May of 2016. During the last three years at Penn State I have worked at multiple jobs in differing industries. The summer of my junior year I worked as Production Intern at WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH. This gave me valuable broadcast experience, and pushed me to join the PSNtv News Production team when I returned for my junior year. Most recently, I worked as a Salesforce Administrator at Top Tier Connections, Inc. where I learned numerous effective business tactics, programs, and practices. After college I would love to attain a job in advertising, before making my way to the entertainment and film industry.

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Cody Enos

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Cody is a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Business Liberal Arts. He hopes to enter the sports media industry, specifically play-by-play broadcasting on the radio. During his time at Penn State, Cody has done play-by-play for multiple sports and hosted several radio shows on Penn State’s student-run FM radio station, The LION 90.7 FM. Currently, he serves as the Sports Director at The LION, which requires him to manage all of the sports staff and generate the schedules. He also has served as the station’s Finance Director since the beginning of the 2014 school year. Cody has also interned for State College’s ESPN Radio 1450, where he called State High baseball games.

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Jillian Bohenek

Senior / Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism

I am graduating in December, and I hope to pursue a career that incorporates both meteorology and journalism. My ultimate goal is to be an on-air weather producer and news anchor.

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Senior / Broadcast Journalism & Communication Arts and Sciences

I’ve been immersed in sports since a young age. I would love to have a job with ESPN or the BigTen Network in some shape or form.
As a volleyball player at the university since 2011, I would love to carry my knowledge of the game and skills I’ve learned in school to continue to grow the game as an announcer or commentator.

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Taylor Lennox

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Taylor Lennox is a senior from Philadelphia, PA majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in entrepreneurship and innovation. She also is in the John Curly Center for Sports Journalism. She serves as a News Director, as well as being a member of news and sports broadcast within ComRadio. Taylor interned with Penn State Athletics in Spring 2015.  She is interested in pursuing a career as a TV producer, talk-show host, or a play-by-play announcer. You can reach her via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Christine Rienzo

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Christine Rienzo is a senior at Penn State University majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Business. She is a Long Island Native and is involved with the Women’s Club Lacrosse team at Penn State and is also involved with the Penn State Dance MaraTHON.

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Taylor Clayton

Senior / Print Journalism

Taylor is majoring in Print Journalism with minors in English and Spanish from Irwin, Pa. She is a reporter for The Daily Collegian and sports writer for the Lion’s Pride Sports Blog. She interned with advertising agency Beyond Spots & Dots in Pittsburgh, Pa. where she had the opportunity to work with the digital and marketing teams. Taylor is currently working on a blog for Penn State’s Network on Child Protection and Well-Being explaining its research leading up to its 2015 fall conference. Taylor hopes to work for a magazine translating research and information similar to what she is doing with the Network blog.

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Kyle Rosenthal

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Kyle Rosenthal is a senior at The Pennsylvania State University. He is majoring in broadcast journalism and is minoring in French. The Long Island native has achieved Dean’s List recognition for all six semesters that he has been at Penn State. He is also the Promotions Manager of The Daily Collegian and President of the Collegian Street Team organization. Kyle has been a competitive member of the Club Gymnastics team since freshman year, and was the team’s fundraising chair during his junior year.

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Rachel Sapienza

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Rachel is a senior at Penn State majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Theatre with a concentration in Dance. She is excited to be a member of the In The Game team for her final semester. Rachel hopes to pursue sports media and broadcasting after graduation.

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Megan Henney

Senior / Print journalism and political science

Megan Henney is a senior print journalism and political science major and a history minor. She is Pennsylvania native from outside of Pittsburgh. After she graduates, she is interested in covering national or international news. Most recently, Megan interned with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a reporting intern. She has previously written for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Centre Daily Times and the Daily Collegian.