Highlights of Rowan U DNC News Coverage

Here are some highlights of our coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. A number of articles were also published in the CourierPost.com.

Booker: LGBT issues a ‘movement for American rights’ (Published in Courier Post – 7/28/16)

Pop-up gallery puts political drawings in DNC spotlight (Published in Courier Post – 7/28/16)

Al Franken Speaks to Seniors (7/28/16)

SJ moms call for ‘common sense gun laws’ (Published in Courier Post – 7/27/16)

Delegate turns self into political statement (Published in Courier Post – 7/27/16)

As Hillary Clinton Wins Nomination, Bernie Supporters Stage Protest in DNC Media Tent (7/26/16)

How Teenage Delegates Get to the DNC (7/26/16)

Photo Essay: “Signs of the Times” at DNC in Philadelphia (7/26/16)

WATCH: Rally for climate change ahead of DNC (Published in Courier Post – 7/25/16)

Sanders supporters not sure Clinton has their vote (Published in Courier Post – 7/25/16)

Sanders Supporters Protest Hillary Clinton Outside Wells Fargo Center (7/25/16)

DNC Speakers Stress Party Unity On Opening Day (7/25/16)

Photo Essay: DNC Protestors Take to the Streets of Philly (7/24/16)

A Pop-Up Art Gallery With A Political Twist

By Matthew Kass

PHILADELPHIA – A DNC-themed pop-up exhibit rips political The Nib Exteriorcartoons off the printed page and puts them in a public gallery space.

The Nib Takes Philly,” which is sponsored by the cartoon website called The Nib, features political cartoons and election-themed objects, and props at a location on Cherry Street in Old City.

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No one is spared. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and many other politicians are lampooned.

Cartoonist Matt Bors, 32, from Canton O.H., explained how the exhibit started with a simple idea.

“We had a new website launch last week, and we were talking about sending cartoonists to do live drawings,” said Bors. “Then it was maybe we can do a gallery show. It just sort of grew and grew into something quite big.”

Dan Perkins, 55, a cartoonist at the exhibit from Iowa City, I.A., The Nib Phanaticwho goes by the pen name Tom Tomorrow, said the exhibit is more than just comic relief.

“Cartoonists have been through a decade basically of newspapers going out of business, cutting budgets, and of websites not wanting to pay for cartoons,” he said. “The art form is kind of teetering on extinction.”

The Nib Police“So the fact that you have someone like Matt, with his energy and his ability to find someone to sponsor this and to pull this thing together,” Perkins continued. “I can’t even explain how important this is to cartooning.”





How Teenage Delegates Get to the DNC

By Sunshine Mejia

PHILADELPHIA – Four millennial delegates explain how and why they became involved in the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

“I thought this is pretty cool. I want to be a state delegate….The worst they can say is ‘No.'”- Nathan Sidell, 19, AK.

“As long as you push yourself to be involved the people in your area will latch on to you, help you and give you advice to succeed.” – Katrina Culler, 17, MN.

“I started out by making phone calls online through the phone banking website. I ended up making 2,400 phone calls.” – Bob Canfield, 18, alternate delegate, CA

“I sought out my teacher who was a delegate four years ago, and she mentored me.” – Aster O’Leary, 18, VT

Photo Essay: “Signs of the Times” at DNC in Philadelphia

By Sunshine Mejia

PHILADELPHIA – Across the city, people are exercising their First Amendment rights. Regardless of political leanings, it’s a right that shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Click on the thumbnails to display the full slideshow.

Young Blacks Called Upon to Do More

“Step into the arena and allow your positions to be heard and your impact to be felt.”

By Sunshine Mejia

PHILADELPHIA – The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation met during the Democratic National Convention to discuss how millennials can be part of the political process.

NCBP is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement and voter participation in black and underserved communities.

DNC Speakers Stress Party Unity On Opening Day

By Matthew Kass

PHILADELPHIA-The Democratic National Convention got underway this afternoon, but not without some drama. Supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who had protested yesterday, made their way into the Wells Fargo Center, and into the seats of the lower level.

Gary Mannion (left) and Jim Blatchford (right) slipped into their most patriotic attire for the DNC.
Gary Mannion (left) and Jim Blatchford (right) slipped into their most patriotic attire for the DNC.

And they made their voices heard. During the early afternoon portion of the convention, chants of “Bernie” and “This is What Democracy Looks Like” echoed through the arena. There were also boos early in the proceedings, although they later quieted down.

Some of the people in the arena were also protesting the Trans Pacific Partnership, holding up signs opposing the legislation and chanting “no TPP” at several points during speeches.

In anticipation of resistance from Sanders supporters reluctant to vote for Clinton in the presidential election, many of the speakers this afternoon made it a point to call for public unity. The main message was that while Sanders and Clinton may have had their ideological differences in the primary, Trump was a far greater threat.

The Wells Fargo Center is all decked out in Red, White and Blue for the DNC.
The Wells Fargo Center is all decked out in red, white and blue.


Gary Mannion, 27, and Jim Blatchford, 29, both of Lawrence, Mass. were eager to hear the speech of Senator Elizabeth Warren.

“We’re just looking forward to hearing her talk,” said Blatchford, “and hearing what she has to say about how we can come together now as a party.”

Mannion said although he and Blatchford voted for Sanders in the primary, party unity was extremely important to them.

“I also think that we need to make sure that everyone understands that if we don’t get together on this, don’t make sure that Hillary Clinton is the next president of the United States, Donald Trump wins, and the Supreme Court is a republican Supreme Court for the next 30+ years.”

Stephen Dodd, 53, from Jefferson Township, N.J. also felt party unity was a key topic to focus on.

“It’s absolutely essential that it happens, and it starts tonight” said Dodd. “With what’s been going on, [which] has been a little over the top from day one, and unfortunately there are times when you see things that are happening that you didn’t prepare for.”

He was however, hopeful that the calls for unity would not fall on deaf ears.

“I think tonight’s gonna set the stage for the rest of the week and we’re going to come out of here a united front and with a great convention.”