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Student led UC Democrats restart

Williamsburg, Ky. – Students at University of the Cumberlands (UC) restarted the UC Democrats last semester and had their second meeting of this semester on Feb. 20, 2014.

The UC Democrats had been around for a while and was active during the 2008 elections. “Students wanted to restart it,” said Dr. Michael Dickman, professor of Communication Arts and the faculty advisor for UC Democrats.

“I’m really into politics. This is a particularly conservative area and I wanted to meet people with the same views as me,” said Beronica Goodman, junior at UC who helped to restart the group.

The student Democratic Party is a group effort. The meetings are open to everyone and occur every two weeks, usually on a Thursday. The next meeting, however, will be on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

A voter registration drive, bake sales, and a round table discussion are among the plans of UC Democrats to get people involved. They want to make people aware of what is going on locally and nationally.

During one of their meetings the UC Democrats want to have a round table discussion. Perhaps on the net-neutrality issue, which addresses how Internet service providers might start charging customers for free sites. They will discuss how issues like this should be changed and how to change them for the better.

The first bake sale will be on March 12-13 and the proceeds will go towards the Knox-Whitley County Animal Shelter that recently burned down. The next bake sale will accompany the voter registration event on March 26-27.

“We’re not just a political party,” said Goodman. “We actually care.”

For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Dickman at

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit

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