Ibrahim Shabozz, Staff Writer
The “I Voted Ice Cream Social” took place at the University of Missouri–St. Louis’ Student Fireside Lounge Tuesday to get students, staff and anybody else to vote and to know the importance of it. Most of the event’s participants had already voted, proudly showing off their “I Voted” stickers on their chests. The atmosphere was filled with political knowledge, anticipation and understanding. This was the exact type of event that Daniel Redeffer, senior, public policy and administration, had been waiting for on campus. He explained his view on the importance of this event and participating in politics.
“We as workers, immigrants and people of color are in a fight for our lives, our futures, our wages and our education,” Redeffer said.
He began talking to people and getting them to join the social, elaborating more on his view.
“We as people must exercise our duty to vote like our lives depend on it, like [our] brothers and sisters lives depend on it. Voting is important. It is what puts a stop to the rise of fascism before it’s too late,” Redeffer continued.
Passion was in the air. This was mainly from the almost sudden manifestation of the community caused by the ice cream social. People practically seemed to come out of nowhere. The appearance created curiosity and more people to come to the event. That was exactly as planned according to one of the heads of the event, Jennifer Mossgraber, senior, political science.
“It is much like most events. Bring food and people will come. We decided the usual food wasn’t going to cut it. So, we decided ice cream,” she said.
Of course, people wondered, “Why ice cream?” especially with the weather outside getting colder. Mossgraber had the best answer for that question.
“Bring ice cream, they will come. Have ice cream appear out of the sky … everyone possible will come,” Mossgraber said.
The ice cream social itself had tables set up for people to sit and talk. The ice cream cartons, two vanilla and one chocolate, were placed in the back next to toppings adjacent to people ready to socialize. Most people would stay, or leave and come back with more people for ice cream and understanding. Most of the people thought the event was a success. Some did not even know of Election Day until the event. This event influenced people to go out and vote, some leaving directly after and going straight toward the poll.
“I almost forgot,” a voice rang as a person nearly ran out the room to get to the ballot.
Mossgraber was extremely proud of the turnout. She looked around and began giving thanks to all the support.
“Thank you to the Associates of Students of the University of Missouri. Also, I would like to thank the Campus Election Engagement Project. Without them this event would not have been founded and we would not be here standing today talking about the importance of voting right here at UMSL,” Mossgraber said.