Make it Clear

Students are invited show what youth are thinking in this election season by entering the Make it Clear multimedia competition, a collaboration between the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper and the Vice Presidential Debate Programming Committee.

Community members can participate as well.

The Make It Clear competition is one of several activities planned as part of the “I Vote” event series, designed to engage the University community in the electoral process.

To enter, students should address the following prompt: “You have five minutes one-on-one with the next would-be president of the United States. Write, describe, express or otherwise show what you would say or what would transpire.”

Submissions are due by noon Wednesday, October 1 and can be e-mailed to the Gephardt Institute for Public Service at A number of finalists will be chosen to be posted on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Web site and the public will be able to vote for their favorite entries.

Winners will be announced Oct. 12. The Vice Presidential Debate Program Planning Committee will award $100 each to the top two WUSTL students. Community members will receive recognition from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Competition Rules:

1) Refrain from using anything obscene or offensive.

2) Please do not exceed 500 words or five minutes of video. If submission is a work of art or other visual piece, it must be reproduced or shown in a format that can be posted on the Internet.

3) If utilizing music, images, etc. please note rules governing the fair use of a copyrighted work.

For more information, contact Robin Hattori, Gephardt Institute for Public Service at