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Local University Students to Attend 55th Presidential Inauguration

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Junior Matt Shiraki is one of nine Cedarville University College Republicans scheduled to attend the 55th Presidential Inauguration on January 20. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

by Public Relations Office

January 24, 2005

On Wednesday, nine Cedarville University College Republicans will travel to Washington, D.C., to attend the January 20 Inauguration of President George W. Bush. This is their chance to celebrate a re-election towards which they have worked tirelessly. The nine represent a 50-plus-member Cedarville University College Republicans Club (CUCRC) that energetically supported the Bush-Cheney campaign. So driven were they, in fact, that CUCRC finished second in the nation last year in the Students for Bush March to Victory contest. Out of Cedarville University`s approximately 3,000 students, CUCRC convinced 2,600 to sign up for the Bush campaign e-mail list, nailing the second place finish in the individual schools category. In addition, hundreds of CU students volunteered in the 2004 election process. Matt Shiraki, president of CUCRC, said, "We registered more than 200 voters, made more than 3,000 phone calls, passed out 10,000 pieces of literature for the Bush and Ohio Republican campaigns, and sent a total of 300 volunteers to assist at the President`s Ohio rallies." In all, CUCRC donated more than 1,250 hours to election weekend activities. Shiraki, a junior adolescent and young adult integrated social studies education major from Dededo, Guam, said, "Going to the Inauguration is a great way to cap off all the work we`ve been doing. ... Just to see it with my own eyes, to hear the President swear to uphold the Constitution ... that is going to be the most rewarding thing. It`s pretty historic." Also looking forward to the Inauguration is CUCRC member Ian Ellis, a senior political science major from Martinsburg, W.Va., and chair of the Ohio College Republican Federation. Ellis assisted the Ohio Republican Party at its Republican National Convention activities in New York City last fall, and he said he looks forward to the honor of participating in this week`s historic Inaugural event. "Most of all," he added, "I`m excited to attend the Inaugural ceremony and celebrations because I know the president`s strong leadership over the next four years will continue to guide our country through difficult times and tough decisions." Members of the media interested in speaking with Shiraki or Ellis may call Shiraki at 267-625-1690 or Ellis at 304-279-2777. -30-