Students Gather for Final Presidential Debate

Connor Edrington, Staff Writer

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  • Students watch as the two candidates debate.

  • Students look onward as they watch the final presidential debate.

  • Students set up a cardboard cutout of Hillary Clinton before the presidential debate began.

  • The entire room of students watching the final presidential debate before Nov. 8.

Students gathered on Wednesday Oct. 19 to watch the final presidential debate before the general election on Nov. 8.

The debate watch party began at 8:45 p.m., in Hillside Hall room 104 with the debate itself beginning 15 minutes later at 9 p.m. The majority of students attended the full debate which ended shortly after 10:30 p.m.

Monique Captan, IU Southeast alumna, said she wanted to see Donald Trump act more professional.

“I just want to make sure that Trump does not make himself look like a fool,” Captan said. “I want to see some competition, some professional competition, not childish play on the playground.”

Students were free to move around during the event and get snacks, pizza and soft drinks which were provided during the event.

Zac Bruner, mechanical engineer sophomore at Purdue, said the audience remained calm during the debate.

“I think it was a lot milder than some of the other ones and pretty respectful,” Bruner said.

The presidential debate brought many opinions about what was done right and wrong between the two candidates.

“I thought it was better than the previous debates,” said Trevor Allen, political science and history junior.

The presidential debate marked the last time that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will debate each other before the general election.

The candidates addressed different issues facing the nation, and many subjects they felt were important.

“I think as far as the last two debates go, it was a little more heated in some spots,” Bruner said. “Wasn’t as aggressive as I thought it was [going] to be.”

The event was sponsored by Indiana Campus Compact, SGA, IUS Political Science Department, The College Democrats, The College Republicans and The Political Science Club.

Those interested in voting in the general election must have registered to vote by Oct. 11. Those that have not registered will not be able to cast their vote on Nov. 8.

If you are not sure that you are a registered voter you can check to see if you are here for Indiana and check here to see if you are registered to vote in Kentucky.