Campus election watch party stirs excitement among students
Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 01:11
The vast majority of the audience was electric with excitement for President Barack Obama to win a second term. Every time the incumbent won a state, the crowd cheered loudly in the Kat Klub of the Lowman Student Center Tuesday night for Program Council’s Presidential Election Watch Party.
The watch party began at 6 p.m. with nearly 150 students watching the election coverage on various channels on different screens. Aramark provided pizza, chicken tenders, hot wings, cake and nachos and salsa for the election party.
“It’s a social event to get as many different people and perspectives in one place,” Ozoemena Nnamadim, multicultural chair of Program Council, said of the party. “It’s about being around different people and tolerance, as well as knowledge about what’s going on in the election.”
Many students expressed that the watch party helped them feel as though their vote mattered after hearing from many outlets that they don’t because they are young.
“There’s good food and a good atmosphere,” Corey Chenier, junior mass communication major said. “Everyone is really positive and uplifting and it’s good to see the youth come out and get engaged.”
Other students didn’t feel as lighthearted about the party’s atmosphere surrounding the election.
“I feel like a lot of college students are going to get discouraged if who they voted for doesn’t win, so much so that they may not vote again,” Danesha Edwards, criminal justice freshman said.
Not all students shared a strong interest in this year’s election.
“It’s just kind of whatever,” Jordan Fowler, mass communication freshman, said. “I don’t really want either [candidate] to win.”
Other students felt today’s generation has similar ideas to Obama now, but may not in the future.
“I feel like a lot of people voted for Obama or want him to win because he fits our lifestyle right now,” Andrea Balderas, criminal justice senior, said. “But later I feel like a lot of people will change their mind and vote more in favor of the Republican party.”
Some students made their predictions while the night was still young.
“I don’t know who’s going to win, but I think Obama’s going to take it,” Karen Gomez, nursing freshman said.
Although most of the crowd was pulling for President Obama, some students who normally wouldn’t vote for a democratic candidate had a change of mind this year.
“I didn’t get to vote, but if I had, I probably would have voted for Obama even though I consider myself a Republican,” Hope Cade, freshman criminal justice major said.
One student who did vote for President Obama in his first presidential election saw things differently this time around.
"It’s very even-contested, and it’s very hard to decide this election,” Mitchel Jackson, senior criminal justice major said. “It’s pretty ugly. I won’t feel happy if [Governor Mitt] Romney wins, but I didn’t like Obama’s policies. Both of these candidates have a lot of flaws. I am not going to feel relieved either way, but I thought I’d give Romney a try this year.”
One Republican student who stayed until the doors closed at 10 p.m. felt a little out of place at the party.
“I want Romney to win,” Jesse Parker, freshman undecided major, said. “I think this is a good setting with lots of boisterous people here who are against me, but that’s okay.”