VP Debate Day 2016

Photo By: Lindsay Manning Mary Katherine Yurchak outside her home in Farmville
Photo By: Lindsay Manning; Mary Katherine Yurchak outside her home in Farmville

Written by: Rosaria Bui and Jay Bradt

Many students have been out and about as the day of the Vice Presidential has finally approached at Longwood. Mary Katherine Yurchak, a senior at Longwood University and debate volunteer for CNN says she is very excited for this day to have finally come, as the anticipation over the last few months for the debate made it nice to finally see everything coming together. Mary was lucky enough to have been selected the day prior to the debate, as a lucky winner of a ticket to actually attend in person inside of the debate hall. Yurchak actually found out about this news through several friends informing her as she was unable to attend the live announcement of ticket winners. This was not Yurchak’s first experience with politics having previous experience volunteering in 2012 for the Obama campaign while still in high school.

 

Photo by: Lindsay Manning; Josue Gallardo outside of MSNBC showing support for Donald Trump
Photo by: Lindsay Manning Josue Gallardo outside of MSNBC showing support for Donald Trump

Written by: Rosaria Bui and Jay Bradt

Josue Gallardo, a student at Longwood University, is seen holding a sign that reads “Gay Latino 4 Trump” and as a member of the LGBT community and born and raised in Ecuador, he is a strong supporter for Trump and everything he believes in. Gallardo states that “I do not fall under this status quo where you have to be gay and you have to be Latino to support Hillary Clinton and that this is my constitutional right to be able to vote for whomever I please”. Being a Trump supporter, he tells us that he has received a lot of negativity from the LGBT community, but still stands by his beliefs and wishes that people respect his opinions. Along with that he hopes to see Pence take a strong stance and to examine the tough questions and respond with authority. Gallardo is looking forward to the turnout of the debate and is planning to vote in the upcoming elections.

Farmville takes on VP Debate 2016

Photo by: Bre’a Fowlkes

Written by: Jay Bradt and Rosaria Bui

Erinn Green, a resident of Farmville Virginia for the past ten years gave us her opinions of what it’s like to have the Vice Presidential debate here at Longwood University. Accompanied by her children today, she felt it was very important to expose them to the bigger picture of the world of politics and the behind the scenes of it all. With Longwood holding the debate, she was very excited for the attention that Farmville and Prince Edward were receiving. She stated “I think it’s really bringing a lot of positive attention to the community, where I think that sometimes this area gets a little negative press from the public schools and all the things we’ve had in the past.” She is hoping that the Vice Presidential debate will be more civil than what she saw in the Presidential debate with the “low blows” from Trump and Clinton. With Green primarily being a democrat, she wants to see Hilary’s campaign stay on the higher ground rather than stooping low to get an advantage.

Photo by: Bre'a Fowlkes
Photo by: Bre’a Fowlkes

Written by: Jay Bradt and Rosaria Bui

Nicole Riddick, a Longwood University student volunteer believes this election is critical. She had been assisting in greeting people and keeping count of the numerous visitors to campus as the debate approaches. Riddick stated, “I was really excited for [the Vice Presidential Debate] I feel like it will do great for Longwood because most of the time when you mention Farmville or Longwood people think you are joking.” Having the debate here in Farmville, VA has put the spotlight here at Longwood University and on the community of Farmville. “[The debate] is giving people a chance to know who [Longwood University and Farmville] are because we are a great school rich in tradition with such a family atmosphere.” She added, “Now that we’ve come to such a critical election I have been paying more attention to the topics and how each candidate feels about those topics.” Hosting the debate at Longwood University is not only bringing an impact to the residents of Farmville but to the students of Longwood as well.

 

Hofstra Student Debate Viewing 2016

Photo by: Rachel Hirsch
Photo by: Rachel Hirsch
Photo by: Rachel Hirsch

Written by: Rosaria Bui and Grant Cole

Hundreds of Hofstra University students gathered in the broadcast plaza at the Fox news outdoor live viewing of the first presidential debate of the 2016 election, Monday night Sept. 26.

Freshman Lauren Tepper showed excitement in her voice saying, “I was talking about [the debate] non stop like, ‘Oh my gosh it’s my school!’” The debate happening just less than half a mile away at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex at Hofstra University excited students to join together and view the debate as a community.

Tepper stated, “I think just having them talk as real people instead of just getting facts online and like newspapers saying they said this, it’s interesting to see them actually speak and get a real person talking.”

Hofstra Students Show Signs of Debate

Photo by: Rachel Hirsch
Photo by: Rachel Hirsch

Written by: Rosaria Bui and Grant Cole

Hofstra University is home to the first U.S. presidential debate of 2016. With the debate just one day away the energy on campus can already be felt and seen. News media outlets have taken their places on the campus and the students of Hofstra are still out representing their school. Some students have been holding different signs across campus showing their support or lack of support for the debate. Freshman Caroline Bowes was seen walking with a sign and stated, “I think it’s cool but I mean it is a little bit excessive with all the stuff that’s going on” when asked on her thoughts of Hofstra hosting the debate. Though several friends and fellow students of Caroline added, “I think it’s awesome” referring to the upcoming debate.

DC Dispatch

 

Augustus Baraza

Photo By:Harrison Samaniego

Story by:Rosaria Bui & Peyton Conway

Augustus Baraza

Age:50

Walking down the National Mall on September 1st you couldn’t help but hear Augustus Baraza. With a saxophone in hand and speaker behind him he was hard to miss.

From first glance you would not notice that he was a Kenyan native who moved to America just 15 years ago. Nor would one think he has released music videos on YouTube and is an Apostle for the African church.

Though Augustus’ views towards this year’s presidential election were very clear.

He stated “Donald Trump is a crazy man.” Augustus had much to say about Trump including “America should not put such a fool in the White House.”