Lee Prepares Students To Vote

Friday, March 21, 2014 - by Jillian Ellis, Lee University


Lee University is preparing students to participate in upcoming local elections. 

“We are encouraging our students to exercise their civic responsibility as community members by voting locally in Bradley County,” said Bethany McCoy, coordinator of Community Relations at Lee. 

Lee is emphasizing to students the importance of voting where they currently live and engage. 

“I think the most efficient and personally impactful way of voting is in the area where you attend college,” said Dalton McBeath, a freshman from Maineville, Ohio. “I think it is very important to vote because it allows you to influence the present society and try to pursue a better future.”

Lee is hoping that of its almost 5,000 member student population, including 1,500 students who remain in Cleveland for the summer, a large portion will participate in the elections. 

“Students need to realize that local politics can affect us just as much as national politics,” said Katherine Freeman, president of the Lee chapter of College Republicans. 

Ms. McCoy said the university will provide information on candidates and an official on-campus voting site.

“Student organizations' goals depend heavily on the process of local politics,” said Josiah Augustine, president of the Lee chapter of College Democrats. “One of the most important people in the fight against human trafficking in Bradley County will be the next Sheriff; the District Attorney will play a central role in combating corruption, which reinforces poverty; and the people elected to school board positions will ultimately direct the course of educational development for thousands of students.” 

Lee is simplifying the voting process by providing students with a facility to register and vote without leaving campus. A booth providing registration slips will be set up in the Paul Conn Student Union beginning March 31. On-campus students may vote at the official polling site located in Lee’s Higginbotham Administration Building.

A website will be launched featuring information on the candidates and links to their promotional sites for Lee students. According to Ms. McCoy, the goal is to give students all available information at one place. 

Lee provides students with politically based organizations, debates, and lectures they can use to expand their understanding of politics and their civic duties. Phi Beta Lambda - Future Business Leaders of America, recently hosted Congressman Mark Meadows discussing what students can do to stay involved with politics. The College Republicans hosted conservative speaker Mary Grabar in the fall.


Jim Daughdrill '05 Named McCallie Dean Of Admission

Jim Daughdrill will take over on July 1 as dean of Admission at McCallie School.  Mr. Daughdrill, a 2005 graduate of McCallie who currently serves as director of Boarding Admission, takes over for Troy Kemp, who has been appointed executive director for the National Center for the Development of Boys based at McCallie.  “Even when I was a student here, I always thought ... (click for more)

Lee To Offer Free ESL Camp For Kids

The Lee University English Language Center will offer a free ESL (English as a Second Language) camp for rising 1st – 6th grade students, July 11-15 from 9 a.m.–2:45 p.m., in the Walker Memorial Building on Lee’s campus.  The camp will focus on the development of writing, reading, speaking and listening skills through interactive crafts and activities.  All non-native ... (click for more)

County Commission Gives Up Fight On $900,000 In Discretionary Funds

County Commission members have given up the fight for the annual $900,000 in discretionary funds. Commission Chairman Chester Bankston said there was not enough money available after requests from a number of agencies and departments were cut to balance the budget without a tax increase. Commissioner Sabrena Smedley said the fact that commissioners can no longer allot the ... (click for more)

Athens, Tn., Man Killed And Several Others Injured In 2 Wrecks Near Ooltewah Exit Of I-75

One person was killed and several others injured in two wrecks early Wednesday morning on I-75 northbound at exit 11.   The victim was James Newman, 66, of Athens, Tn.   Northbound lanes were closed while emergency crews worked both accidents. Traffic was rerouted to Old Lee Highway to avoid the accident scene.   Traffic was backed up for an extended ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11 - And Response (2)

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What You Leave Behind

Randy Travis, one of the best at singing country songs that has ever been, had a song about three people who got killed when an 18-wheeler missed a stop sign. There was a farmer and a teacher, a hooker and a preacher on this bus and Randy tells us: “One's headed for vacation, one for higher education, An' two of them were searchin' for lost souls.” In that wonderful song, the ... (click for more)