RHINELANDER - You would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't care about Tuesday's election. Even kids who can't vote yet are getting involved.
Rhinelander's Northwoods Community Elementary School held mock elections Friday.
Fifth graders organized and ran the election.
All students, teachers, and staff were involved in the voting process.
Fifth grade teacher Krista Matyska says students are interested in the process.
"Even at fifth grade, they hear all the commercials and are curious about the potential candidates. So I gave them the chance to research the different candidates, learn what the real values are, and then make a choice for themselves."
Students had a number of candidates to choose from. Fifth graders researched each of the candidates and displayed what they found.
One by one, students cast their ballots.
"I think voting is important because people, and families, and communities, get to decide their future."
The results came in with President Obama taking sixty-six percent of the vote.
WAUSAU - Students at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau got to see Tibetan monks create a work of art steeped in Buddhist history.
The Mandala Sand Art is an ancient Tantric Buddhist tradition dating back thousands of years.
The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are on an international tour called Mystical Arts of Tibet where they create mandalas in front of an audience.
"The colored patterns we are using, we are following the scriptures, the Buddhist scriptures. It's a very old tradition, more than 2,500 years ago," says Geshe Loden, head of the Mystical Arts of Tibet.
The monks' last visit to Northcentral Technical College in 2011 was so popular, they were invited back.
"At NTC we feel like it's important to offer our students a variety of different programming, and one of the things we feel our responsibility to do is expose our students to other cultures, other religions, other ideas," says Director of Student Development Shawn Sullivan.
The monks work hours at a time placing sand delicately in the lines of the intricate pattern.
The mandala will take them four days to complete, but the beautiful creation won't last long.
"After finishing this, making the mandala, we consecrate this completed mandala, and we dismantle it to symbolize the impermanence of all the conditioned things, all the phenomena," says Loden.
The monks' tour raises money for more than 3,000 monasteries in India. They also do it to raise awareness about the plight of Tibetans.
"Lord Buddha had started this, and that tradition keeps going on."
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