BU's Democracy Matters votes in new president

For immediate release: January 27, 2009

BLOOMSBURG-Robert Kern, a junior business major, is the new president of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's chapter of Democracy Matters. Kern, of Butler, N.J., will serve as president, also known as "campus coordinator," for spring and fall 2009.

As Kern takes office, he is beginning to develop new plans for the organization. "Initial plans consist of a major effort to recruit new members and keep them active throughout the semester," he said.

Kern said he has always been concerned with politics and his interest for Democracy Matters was sparked at an activities fair in fall 2006. "I saw that it was a non-partisan group advocating for clean elections and increased involvement in politics," he said. "I wanted to become more informed, so I decided to go to the first meeting and have been active ever since."

With a passion for politics and campus change, Kern is eager to get started. He said, "Long-term plans for Democracy Matters include continued efforts to engage more people in politics and show them that politics are something to be concerned with. Specifically, we want to get rid of the money in politics and the corruption in government."

Also elected were Daniel Interrante, Downingtown, sophomore geography major, vice president, also known as "campus director," and Justin Feinberg, Norristown, freshman with a dual major in secondary education/citizenship and history, the outreach coordinator.

Previous Democracy Matters campus coordinator Emily Kinkead, Williamsport, a senior majoring in political science and marine biology major, said, "I have full faith that Bobby will take Democracy Matters even further than I have in the tradition that each DM president has in guiding our group."

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.