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.
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.
In the underwhelming weeks leading up to the debate, I developed a very different perspective on the debate. Yes, there were a few things that were (or were not) going on around campus: the new Athletic Complex wasn’t open, there were some signs and WILD was canceled.
Two of our Forum writers, Ariel Kravitz, a sophomore majoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Jamie Reiner, a freshman interested in political science, both found themselves with tickets to the debate. Here are their takes.
When I signed up last March to live in my fraternity’s on-campus house, I could not have even imagined that I would be living through the 2016 presidential debate on campus. But in the first weeks of classes, news began to trickle in that Upper Row would be within the security perimeter.
Behind the glitz and glamor of talk shows lies a dizzying maze of cables, monitors and recording stations.
Following early morning concerns about security on campus, police and security forces were posted at most campus entrances to check identification and credentials, but bolstered security presence and barricades did not prove entirely effective come post-debate.
A select group of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff will find themselves close to the action this weekend as volunteers for Sunday’s presidential debate at Washington University.
The past two weeks of preparation for the debate have seen an incredible lack of communication between the administration and students. While Student Life understands that this is partly a function of rapidly changing logistics, we are disappointed by Washington University’s lack of transparency in explaining how the day-to-day operations of the debate will directly impact students.