BY MEGAN FIELDS ’17
Nichols College students gathered on Election Night, Nov. 8, 2016, in the Fels Main Lounge for an election results viewing party. Surrounded by chicken wings and pizza, students chatted and cheered when they found their preferred candidate doing well in this historic race for the presidency of the United States.
The Nichols Office of Student Involvement coordinated the event to gather all campus community members (students, faculty, and staff) to get involved in this year’s election and political process. Many students arrived in groups, and engaged in intellectual debates on the qualities of the candidates. Some students even chose to wear the colors representative of their preferred candidate’s party.
While I am not the world’s biggest pizza fan, I appreciate the effort by Student Involvement to involve students in such an integral part of this country’s operations. Being able to watch the live results as they came in, on who won and who lost each state, was convenient for me as a viewer, and enabled me to speak freely with other students on their own opinions while staying up to date.
Although the party ended and the audience left before a winner was declared, it was thrilling to go through the ups and downs of each candidate’s progress from state to state, and being able to project who we thought might be the winner.
Despite the recent turmoil over the election results, being able to witness this moment in history is certainly something I believe many people will appreciate their participation and involvement in the years to come.
Megan Fields is a senior marketing major and psychology minor at Nichols College. She interns for the College’s Office of Marketing and Communications.