by Taylor Hunt
A political watch party was held in the Forsyth Library on the evening of Nov. 6th. From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., students interested in the election were invited to the back of the library to commune with their peers and professors as each of the states tallied their electoral votes.
Anne Drees and Kelly Nuckolls, workers with the American Democracy Project, were the student coordinators for this event. According to Nuckolls, the ADC has been around for the past 10 years and almost always yields successful turnouts for their events.
“We wanted to provide a relaxed environment for students to get together and watch the election,” Nuckolls said. “I’m excited. About 80 students have turned up so far.”
To accomodate the amount of students at the party, three flat screen televisions were set up among the length of the room and channels were changed frequently to monitor which news station provided the most up-to-date information.
Bryan Bennett, an assistant professor in political science, had his own predictions. “I think the candidates are going to be much closer in popular vote than in electoral vote,” he said.
Students such as sophomore Kaci Ferguson, who had intended on some late night studying, were also able to make their way to the back of the room and catch up on the election.
“I didn’t know this was going on, so I just stumbled upon it,” Ferguson said. “It’s pretty cool to study and listen to the election at the same time,” Ferguson said.
As the night progressed, a large, dry-erase map of the United States at the front of the room began to get some attention as students colored each state red or blue as winners were announced.
Party-goers were also welcome to crayons and their own paper maps that they could color at their own leisure, along with a word search and a packet of information about the electoral college, in case anyone was unfamiliar with the process.
Social media was also integrated into the event; followers on Twitter were invited to tweet #ADPelect2012, the party’s very own hashtag. Pizza, soda and candy were also provided.
by Taylor Hunt