Anxiety the prime emotion of students during Election Central event
“Disappointed. Nervous. Terrified. Excited.”
At Tuesday night’s Election Central event, students wrote on stickers to express their emotions and thoughts on the election as results came in. The event, hosted by the university’s Center for Political Communications (CPC), welcomed students, staff and community members for CPC-sponsored live election coverage, expert panels, activity stations and, of course, UDairy.
Lindsay Hoffman, the associate director of the CPC, said the purpose of the event was to encourage student excitement about the political process.
“To see [students] out there, watching and engaging and being interested was just so rewarding for me,” Hoffman said.
She estimated that several hundred students came in and out of the Trabant MPRs during the three-hour event, thus challenging the traditional notion of Delaware as an apathetic campus, she said.
While some of the stickers’ messages showed support for a certain candidate, most expressed anxieties about the election itself:
“We’re in trouble either way”
“Uncertain about the future”
“Where is the wine”
“Like a powerless voice yelling meaninglessly into the abyss”
Daryl Simon, a senior political science major, was a volunteer for the event.
“The general consensus on the stickers seems to be anxious, scared and nervous,” she said.
Though there were many stickers opposing both Trump and Clinton, and even the electoral process altogether, a few stood out in support for Trump.
“Let’s make America great again,” one sticker read.
Some attendees demonstrated their political views more directly, wearing T-shirts, buttons and other apparel to show support for specific candidates and causes.
Micah Petersen, a senior Chinese and international relations major, donned a Gary Johnson shirt. Despite typically voting Republican, his distrust for Clinton and his frustration with Trump’s treatment of minorities caused him to search for a third party candidate.
He also expressed his apprehension about the flaws in the American electoral system as a whole.
“[The closeness of this election is] a statement to the fact that we don’t need the two party system. Even five percent of the total vote is going to make a difference,” Petersen said. “I see a lot of distrust on all sides.”
Alexandra Luce, a freshman political science and French major, showed off #ImWithHer pride, wearing Hillary buttons and a Planned Parenthood temporary tattoo.
“We’re nasty women!” Luce said of her and her friends attending the event.
No matter which party they supported, it was clear that nearly everyone was ready for the end of the election cycle, as one sticker summarized:
“Can’t wait for it to be over.”