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Buses could be headed to “Rally to Restore Sanity”

Many spend their Halloweens around ghouls, ghosts and goblins.

Andrew Fergus wants to spend his weekend in the company of two of the biggest personalities in television humor.

The Holland sophomore is looking to attend the “Rally to Restore Sanity” and “March to Keep Fear Alive,” hosted by Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, respectively, in Washington DC.

“I instantly wanted to go,” he said. “But I had no idea how I would get there.”

That was where New York resident and Web designer Numaan Akram came in.

Fergus first found the DC Rally Bus website when he was researching the “Rally to Restore Sanity” and the “March to Keep Fear Alive.”

Akram is the creator of DCRallyBus.com, a website devoted to coordinating luxury charter buses for people who want to attend the events.

“I want to help as many people as I can to get to Washington,” Akram said.

Akram decided to set up the DC Rally Bus website, which works with several bus organizations from around the nation, because he feels it is an important event for his generation.

“Jon Stewart is one of the few people on TV that I admire,” he said. “I’ve been watching from the beginning and feel very connected to the event.”

Tickets range in price, but usually are around $100. Akram said if 40 people reserve tickets from Mount Pleasant by Oct. 20 there will be a confirmed charter bus from the city.

Currently, the only confirmed bus leaving from Michigan is from Ann Arbor, with tickets at $110 a person.

Fergus said he is strongly considering purchasing a bus ticket because he feels it is an important event for modern politics.

“We live in an age with extreme polarity in politics,” Fergus said. “I think we have another political class that isn’t heard because they aren’t screaming, and that is the moderates.”

As of Thursday night tickets for the bus from Mount Pleasant are priced at $115 according to the DC Rally Bus website,

The buses will arrive in Washington by 9 a.m. on Saturday and leave between 6 and 9 p.m. on Saturday night,Akram said. It is a one day trip, with most leaving the day before the rally and getting home the day after.
Ben Greene, a member of College Republicans and a Grand Rapids junior, said he likes the idea of the twin gatherings. But his support comes with a few reservations.

“You have to take everything they do with a grain of salt,” Greene said. “People tend to forget that what they do is satire. But my biggest issue with it is the fact that they are adding to their own legend. In the end, it is self-promotion.”

Stephen Johnson, College Democrats communications director, said he thinks the rally is a great thing for politics.

“I think it’s exciting and a great way for people who don’t usually get into politics have their voice heard,” the Southgate senior said. “There is a large minority that still wants normal, rational discourse.

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