As students flocked to various news outlets’ stages trying to get on TV with clever political signage, six fraternity brothers turned a “Hillary for Prison” sign into an avenue for direct involvement in Donald Trump’s campaign.
Depending on who you ask, you’re likely to hear very different answers to the question “Who won the second presidential debate?” One cartoonist from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch argued it wasn’t even Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton—but Washington University.
At the end of the day, however, I believe that the University missed a chance to turn this opportunity for publicity and self-improvement into one that could benefit the nation, and in doing so, failed to carry out its responsibilities as an institution of higher learning.
For many Washington University students, hosting the presidential debate on campus meant engaging in political action and discourse. But for others, it was all about the cameras.
Not many college students can say that they have stood in the same spot as a presidential candidate or had a hand in preparing the stage for a debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but four Washington University students were given the once in a lifetime opportunity to act as stand-ins for the candidates and moderators of Sunday night’s debate.
While much of the media attention on campus has been focused on the presidential candidates from the two major political parties, supporters for third party candidates—such as the Green Party’s Jill Stein and the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson—were vocal with protests, marches and rallies for Sunday’s second presidential debate.
Members of Washington University for Undergraduate Socioeconomic Diversity,carried an 8-foot tall black ball and chain around campus this weekend to raise awareness of the burden of student debt on college students and the economy.
Just as last night’s second presidential debate began, the sound in Tisch Commons in the Danforth University Center—the location of one of Student Union’s sponsored debate watch parties—cut out on Sunday, Oct. 9.
From international issues like the Iran nuclear deal to local issues like University City’s upcoming city council election, students engaged with diverse political policy issues presented at the Debate Fair in Edison Courtyard from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
Government-focused cable television network C-SPAN opened their parked tour bus on Mudd Field throughout the debate weekend, offering tours to interested members of the Washington University community.