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Experiencing the Election | Campus & Student Life

Experiencing the Election | Campus & Student Life

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NOVEMBER(7,(2012
By#Sarah#Galer#and#Rhianna#WisniewskiPhotos#by#Jason#Smith
 As(Americans(waited(to(learn(the(outcome(of(the(2012(presidential(election,(more(than(700(University(of(Chicago(students(of(allpolitical(stripes(gathered(on(Nov.(6(to(watch(election(night(results(trickle(in.Some(were(international(students(observing(the(American(political(process(with(fresh(fascination.(Others(were(conservative(andliberal(students(who(turned(out(in(large(numbers(to(the(main(events(at(the(Reynolds(Club(and(the(School(of(Social(Service Administration.(Both(events(were(designed(to(welcome(a(variety(of(perspectives,(which(for(many(students(was(the(whole(point(of(theevening.“I(don’t(have(a(strong(political(background,(so(I(wanted(to(get(other(people’s(input,”(explained(Sonja(Khan,(AB’12,(about(why(shedecided(to(attend(the(Reynolds(Club(event.College(students(spread(word(quickly(about(the(event,(sponsored(by(the(University’s(nonpartisan(Institute(of(Politics,(the(Office(of the(Reynolds(Club(and(Student(Activities,(UChicago(Dining,(University(Communications,(and(Campus(and(Student(Life.(For(theInstitute(of(Politics,(the(night(continued(a(successful(season(of(engaging(students(in(political(dialogue,(beginning(with(programminglinked(to(the(first
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(presidential(debates."As(was(the(case(with(the(presidential(debates,(we(see(political(events(as(prime(learning(opportunities(for(UChicago(students,especially(if(the(students(are(able(to(gather(and(interact,”(said(Darren(Reisberg,(executive(director(of(the(Institute(of(Politics.(“We(atthe(Institute(of(Politics(are(thrilled(to(be(able(to(facilitate(those(types(of(interactive(experiences.”(Students(at(the(Reynolds(Club(said(they(came(for(many(reasons(—(to(be(part(of(an(energizing(event,(join(friends,(have(discussions,take(a(study(break(and,(of(course,(to(eat.(“I’m(here(for(the(atmosphere(and(to(celebrate(politically,”(said(Rachel(Corrigan,(a(secondyear(political(science(student.(“I’m(here(forthe(views,(free(food(and(the(really(exciting(atmosphere.”The(Reynolds(Club(event(featured(three(viewing(rooms:(a(large(nonpartisan(viewing(area(in(Hutchinson(Commons(and(additionalgathering(spaces(for(viewers(supporting(specific(parties.(A(TV(in(the(corridor(between(rooms(displayed(students’(Twitter(posts(on(theelection(in(real(time.(Party(decorations(and(streamers(filled(the(rooms,(with(the(rightleaning(McCormick(Tribune(Lounge(notably featuring(lifesized(cutouts(of(Republican(candidates(Mitt(Romney(and(Paul(Ryan.(Students(in(Reynolds(Club(were(decked(out(incandidate(Tshirts,(pins(and(stickers,(while(others(opted(for(more(generally(patriotic(gear.(“Today,(of(all(days,(this(is(where(you(want(to(be,(even(during(midterms,”(said(secondyear(political(science(student(Tanvi(Mango.(“Ienjoyed(the(partisan(viewing.(It(was(more(intense.(This(is(a(nice(forum(for(political(discussions.” As(the(night(progressed(and(more(results(came(flooding(in,(cheers(were(heard(from(the(two(partisan(rooms(as(states(were(called(fortheir(candidates.(But(students(also(came(together,(visiting(partisan(rooms(for(food(and(conversation.(“This(event(promoted(healthy(discourse,”(said(Adiba(Matin,(a(secondyear(in(the(College.(“It(feels(incredible(to(know(that(I(played(apart(in(it.”Students(praised(the(Institute(of(Politics,(launched(in(January(2012,(for(the(numerous(events(they(have(held(on(campus(around(the
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