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November 07, 2008
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Trax celebrates election night

Courtesy of The Crusader/Lauren Williams
Students from both the SU College Democrats and SU College Republicans visit Trax on Nov. 4 to watch the election results. Left, junior Megan Dermody, sophomores Becky Jones and Rachel Gilbert, junior Nadia Wagner, sophomore Berkley Chapman and junior Steve Sassaman celebrate Barack Obama's win. Below, senior Liz Rhoads and sophomore Nora Olsewski support Senator McCain.
At approximately 11 p.m. on Tuesday night, Trax was filled with both shouts of joy and frustration as Senator Barack Obama was named president elect.

The event, which was hosted at Trax from 7 p.m. until midnight by SGA, was held to celebrate the election process as the next president was decided. Students of all political affiliations were encouraged to attend.

With the election being covered on at least four different screens at all times (C-SPAN, CNN, Fox and later in the evening Comedy Central), the attendees were given perspectives from several points of view throughout the election process.

The night also consisted of trivia every hour, an election raffle, feed the hungry elephant and pin the tail on the donkey.

Cardboard cutouts also made an appearance at the event giving students the opportunity to get their pictures taken with both Obama and Senator John McCain.

But did the election prove a surprise for Susquehanna voters?

For freshman Greg Arment, the answer was no.

"No, it didn't really surprise me," Arment said. "The polls have been projecting Obama as the winner for a while now."

First time voter freshman Jess Bainbridge agreed with Arment.

"We could see it coming," Bainbridge said.

Freshman Carolann Futej thought the results were a little more surprising.

"I was kind of expecting Obama to win, but not by such a large margin," Futej said.

Freshmen Jordan High and Tierney Ayers agreed with Futej.

"We really thought the race was a lot closer," Futej stated. "We didn't expect such a landslide."

Others would have been surprised by that remark.

Freshman Sarah Bryski said, "I was kind of surprised. I really didn't think that McCain was going to have as much support as he did."

Freshman Emily Grabenstein agreed, saying, "It was a lot closer than I expected."

Although the election didn't result with everyone's first choice candidate, several students thought that no matter who the winner was they would do a good job.

"Both candidates have a lot to offer," Arment said.

Futej said she agreed. "Either candidate could do well in the position," she said.
Another surprising facet of the election process was the way that the votes were tabulated.

Some students said that the use of bubble sheets left them wondering whether or not they were doing it correctly.

"I was scared of messing up," Bryski said.

Also, the fact that political parties were allowed to be announced surprised Ayers.
"They just kind of shouted our political party and then our name," Ayers said. "Are they even allowed to do that?"

Whatever the case, the voting process seemed to be a milestone event for some of the young people on this campus, judging by the reaction at Trax.

Some students, such as Bryski, Grabenstein, Ayers and High endured standing in lines for over an hour to do their civic duty.

"But it was worth it," Ayers said. "We wanted our voices to be heard."


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