Campaign ads catch attention, annoy others

By Leah Spagnoli

With all the buzz for elections, what is students’ main source for information?

Between radio and television advertisements playing constantly, student voters have a plethora of ways to choose who they’re voting for.

The Associated Press reported that “political advertising revenue should account for more than 11 percent of the total at local broadcast stations this year, according to Magna Global, a unit of Interpublic Group of Companies that tracks ad spending. That’s up from 7 percent in 2006.

“They’re always on [TV]. It seems like every time election season rolls around I can’t wait until it’s over,” said junior journalism major Valencia Price.

Other students choose to ignore TV ads all together during election season.

“I don’t pay much attention to that. They’re all bias,” said April Chambers, senior corporate communications major. “All of the candidates bash their opponents and try to persuade people the wrong way. I just don’t agree with that.”

Freshman sociology major Josh Smiley said he discussed the current politics with his family.

“My decision on who I voted for came from the help of my mother,” Smiley said. “She informed me with helpful facts on each candidate.”

Such things as party preference made an impact on first time voters.

“I voted for all Democrats because that’s just what I believe in,” said freshman psychology major Sherry Chiles.