Students with sticky, blue-painted hands left their mark on a banner to show their support as progressives during the College Democrats at UCF’s Paint the Campus Blue event.

Secretary of the College Democrats at UCF Johnna Gracik said the student organization came out today “to raise awareness of progressiveness and the Democratic Party process, and to make sure students have a voice on campus.”

Gracik, a sophomore social work major, helped bring in students passing by their table at the Free Speech Lawn by offering free blue Hawaiian Punch, frosted sugar cookies and face painting.

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The free drinks and sweets won over several students, who also got a blue donkey painted on their hands.

“A lot of people ask us if we are supporting a candidate, we usually say no,” said Audrey Widner, director of outreach for the College Democrats and a freshmen rhetoric and writing major.

Widner said they are more focused on getting students to vote than asking them to vote for a specific candidate.

The organization will be live streaming the primary results during their meeting at 7 p.m. at the Student Union in room 223.


Veronica Brezina is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Email her at

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