Students at Hofstra University had a once in a lifetime experience on October 16. Hofstra University hosted the second presidential debate and students had many opportunities to be involved. As someone who volunteered and got to attend the debate, I can say that it was literally the best day of my life! You could just feel the excitement on campus that day. Students got involved in everything from being in the background of news broadcasts to viewing the debate from various themed simulcast spots on campus. CL talked to some of the lucky students who got in on the experience!
“The fact that the second debate was held on Hofstra’s campus was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I got up around 5:30 am that day to partake in all the festivities going on around campus. Everywhere you turned there were cameras broadcasting live from every news channel. I was even lucky enough to be in the background of many of the broadcasts and my friends and family all saw me. I also participated in Issue Alley (an event that gave students the chance to voice the issues that are most important to them), where my sorority (Phi Sigma Sigma) spoke on the issue of women’s rights. We had an interactive activity in which people were able to literally fish for facts about women’s rights to educate them. Campus was truly alive that day and I have never been so proud to be an American or a Hofstra student.” – Jenna Scudieri, Junior
“Having the debate at Hofstra was such an incredible experience. There was an amazing energy on campus all day and it gave everybody plenty of opportunities to get involved. I had the opportunity to help out with a local newscast and even get on the air promoting Hofstra University. I also got to witness the national news coverage of MSNBC. As a Communications major, it was so cool to see all this right on my campus and be part of it.” – Justin Smith, Junior
“Being a Hofstra student provided me with a once in a lifetime experience. I was one of 300 students chosen to be a volunteer. I worked in the Media Filing Center writing press releases and working with journalists. Then, about an hour before the debate started, an opportunity came up that no one turned down. They needed seat fillers in the Debate Hall. They were asking student volunteers to go fill those seats. Luckily, I got to be one of the 30 student volunteers who not only got to volunteer but also got to attend the debate. It was a once in a lifetime experience to be able to be present in the room during such a tense debate. I’ve always enjoyed listening to the president speak but hearing it in person is ten times better!” – Courtney McKain, Junior
“I was a student co-chair for the debate planning committee. It’s a group of about 25 students and various administrators. We’ve been working on planning the debate simulcasts since last February so we’ve been working on this for months. We just wanted to make sure that all the students had some way they could be engaged during when the debate was actually on, watching it on campus if they weren’t in the debate hall or volunteering somewhere.
The day of the debate was amazing. It was probably one of the best days of my life. I ended up on the debate floor because I was volunteering as well. I was maybe 30 feet away from both of the candidates. It was the perfect way to fulfill my major. I’m a journalism and political science double major so it was the best way I could’ve ended up at the end of the day. It was amazing to see how engaged students really were and how many students came out. We had well over 1500 students come to the different simulcasts so it made me feel like all my hard work had paid off.” – Cait Stolzenberg, Senior
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