Election Watch Party Hosted on Campus
By Khandi Wilson
On Election day, November 8th, 2016, the 76th Administration and SGA hosted a watch party in the Faculty Dining room. Students gathered in the intimate setting for four hours watching both television screens in the room calculating the popular and electoral votes. In the first couple of hours, the atmosphere was relaxed, perhaps even on the verge of excitement.
This social gathering had a mix of things going on, from people being on their phones, voicing their opinions on their predictions, and awaiting the next polls numbers. It truly was an atmosphere that was scared, uncertain, and skeptical about the inevitable outcome – a Trump or Clinton Presidency. As poll numbers continued to pour into the night, conversations emerged where fellow students were educating others on what the electoral college is and its importance, who they voted for and why, and their thoughts on how it was going thus far. People did not know how to feel, how to function, how they were going to govern themselves if the candidate they voted against, won.
When the poll numbers started to go up for Republican Nominee Donald Trump and down for Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton, the room went into an uproar. People were upset, angry, and shocked that the Electoral College decided on Trump while the popular vote was won by Clinton.
The point of this social gathering was to encourage awareness and conversation here at our university. It was meant to bring us together, not only to gain political knowledge but to inspire us to make a difference where we can, whenever we can. This election and the unity of the school afterward has shown us that by voicing our opinions and rallying together with a common cause, we can work for the betterment of our community and our country.