It is quite the American way to express ourselves every four years during a presidential election. Students acknowledge the upcoming event in different ways. Some students will be taking swigs from liquor bottles in response to words said during the debates, while others will be actively expressing their party’s opinions through public demonstrations.
“The big deal is the debates,” Advisor of the Richard Nixon Republican Club and Associate Professor of Business Administration Jeffrey Decker said. “Obama has to be thrilled where he’s at [in the race]; I’ll be watching [the debates] with great interest.”
The presidential debates started yesterday between President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney. The Wardman Library hosted a viewing for students interested in watching the debate and exchanging ideas with their peers.
“Obama had a more approachable demeanor on TV,” sophomore Brett Gavin said. “Romney was too pushy; it looked like he had bullet points handy.”
“Romney kept interrupting the mediator and Obama should have been stronger,” sophomore Christian Pozos said.
This positive view of Obama’s performance today was shared by a professor attending the viewing with the students. “One of Obama’s criticisms is that he is too professorial,” Director of Foundation Relations and Assistant Professor of Film Studies Program John Bak said. “Tonight, he projected a warmth and sympathy for people who need opportunities.”
One thing the Poet Democrat Club and Richard Nixon Republican Club agreed on is the importance of voting in the elections.
“[The debate] will affect students even the ‘props’ – after we graduate,” President of the Richard Nixon Republican Club and junior Ariana Assenmacher said. “[The debates] will help inform the student body.”
“All eligible voters should watch the debates because an informed voter is most likely to set the course of America,” Poet Democrat Club President and senior Daniel Jacob Kulick said. “Ultimately, the students should be participating in the electoral process this year because there are so many efforts to suppress the vote in other states.”
However serious the topic of the presidential elections may be, college kids are known for their party nature. A drinking game for the presidential debates was posted online for those who would like to take a more lighthearted approach to the topic.
The 2012 Presidential Election Drinking Game consists of raising glasses, chugging beer and taking shots for things either candidate say. There are separate rules for both candidates and even a “Special Rules” section for those who want to get really competitive with this debate.
However you take this period in American politics, there is an overwhelming stress on the need for people to vote by both political clubs on campus and those educated voters who believe their vote will make a difference.