Students Turn Out for Election Night Party

Photo by Stacie Struble

Nov. 6, 2012

Early returns had students packing the PULSE to watch election night results.

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CNN had little to report when the first East Coast polls closed, but that didn’t stop a group of Pacific University students from camping out in front of the 24-hour news channel in the PULSE on Tuesday afternoon.

The election night party, hosted by Pacific’s Student Senate and the Department of Politics and Government, welcomed those of all political persuasions to “celebrate the election and agonize over the returns.”

The first students were in place by 4 p.m., parked along a back wall facing the TV and simultaneously checking their laptops and smartphones.

Bryan Stander ’16 and Colin Kanewske ’16 pulled up lounge chairs in front of the TV, where they could hear the constant commentary on screen over the din of chatting peers. Both are taking a politics and elections course as an elective this semester, and part of the class involved following the election cycle and making predictions in tonight’s races.

“We’re here to be able to see if the predictions we made are going to be accurate,” said Kanewske, whose calculations had President Obama winning re-election by a decent margin in the electoral college.

At a nearby table, sisters Sierra ’13 and Taylor Brummett ’12 were taking the prospects more personally.

“This is an extremely important election for women, LGBT, for pretty much everyone in America,” said Taylor, a social work major and political science minor.

“We’ve pretty much been stressing for months and months and months,” added Sierra, who earned her Pacific degree in ethics, society and law. “And, we don’t have a TV.”

It was far too early to tell how the Brummetts’ hopes, or Sander and Kanewske’s predictions, would fare on Tuesday.

But with students continuing to stream in by the minute, and a group of politics and government professors (and food) due later in the evening, the watch party was on its way to a solid success.

“I think, on college campuses, (election night) tends to be a big interest,” Taylor Brummett said.

“I feel like more people are going to turn out this election than ever before. There’s a lot at stake,” Sierra Brummett added. “And most people on my Facebook today were saying, ‘vote, vote, vote.’”