Rally in support of Question 3 Gets Lift from ‘The Campaign Song’  

Members of the RIC Chorus sing 'The Campaign Song.'

Members of the RIC Chorus sing 'The Campaign Song.'

Schools have their fight songs, TV shows have their theme songs and now Question 3 has “The Campaign Song.”

The catchy, clap-along tune – written by RIC Assistant Vice President Holly Shadoian and performed by the RIC Chorus – was the highlight of a rally in support of the Nov. 6 ballot referendum that would provide $50 million to renovate Gaige Hall, Craig-Lee Hall and Fogarty Life Science Building.

At the event, held in Donovan Dining Center on Oct. 17, RIC President Carriuolo said that the proposed renovations would have a beneficial long-term impact on the college and the state. Approval of the referendum would create hundreds of jobs, from construction workers to bookkeepers to architects, noted Carriuolo.

“We want to have good facilities, not only for all of you, but for the generations of Rhode Islanders to come,” she told the students in Donovan.

Carriuolo also read excerpts of a letter from Congressman James Langevin in support of Question #3. Langevin, a 1990 RIC grad, wrote, “A win for RIC is a win for Rhode Island.”

RIC Vice President Gary Penfield and Alumni Association President William Fazioli urged students get their families, friends and neighbors to vote in favor of the bond referendum, which would modernize and upgrade three of the most frequently used building on campus.

Hillary Costa, vice president of RIC Student Community Government, told her classmates, “This is something you really want to throw your support behind.”

Question 3 has been publicly endorsed by many elected officials, local organizations and citizens, including actress and RIC alum Viola Davis ’88. To hear Davis’ message in support of question 3, and to learn more about the referendum, visit http://ricvoteyeson3.org.