Obama and Romney Draw Curious Crowds
Debate rings through the library
Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2012 10:10
The first presidential debate was broadcast to approximately 150 students from the Harrington Learning Commons’ Lower Level on Wednesday evening. Students and faculty herded inside to hear the first official exchange between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.
Viewers filled every seat from the debate’s start at 6:00 p.m., while many occupied spaces on the floor or over-looking balcony. Countless students took notes throughout the 90-minute broadcast.
With the presidential election just around the corner, many students are unaware of how the process works and where to get the information they need. Santa Clara is making it easier for many first-time voters to prepare for Election Day.
Jim Cottrill, assistant professor of political science, moderated the broadcast and held a brief discussion following the debate. He polled the students on their reactions with 50 i>clickers that were distributed prior to the debate’s start.
This is not the only event the university will host during this election season. ASG is tabling this week and the week of Oct. 16 to encourage students to register to vote. They also have laptop computers available so students can register online.
“It allows the Santa Clara community to help make decision with the U.S. political system,” said Max Wahl.
There will also be two more debates, various lectures on the voting process and all night viewing party on Nov. 6.
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