Are presidential elections that important to college students, and does every vote count? It’s a tough discussion on differentiating beliefs, especially in a presidential election year.
Pizza and Politics, was held on Nov. 4 in the Library Events Area, and it’s a traditional event sponsored by Indiana State’s political science department. The event was packed with the students who were eager to learn more about candidates and also focus on what this country needs to stay on track. There were booths displayed on each candidate’s ideology, a video talking about how voting is beneficial to the community, and a table for students to register to vote in the upcoming election. There were a variety of students who followed the debate religiously, and they were the ones who got the most information out of this powerful event.
“Voting is very important,” said Julianna Gustafson, a junior education major. “This coming election will pick the next president of the United States these next four years, and it could be fatal if we choose the wrong candidate running our country.” Gustafson, who stayed for the event’s entirety, said she really enjoyed the station on her vote’s ideology.
This event featured a variety of differentiating opinions, and by the end they announced who won the popular vote. Democratic socialist nominee Bernie Sanders was picked by students as being the next president of the United States. However, like any debate, there were some in attendance who completely disagreed with the result.
“This country needs someone who doesn’t play politics and has his own goal,” said Sam Cawood, a sophomore marketing major. Cawood, who sided with Donald Trump, thinks Bernie Sanders was the majority’s favorite to win because he is in favor of socialism. According to the ballots, there were a lot of people siding against Trump. This didn’t stop people from having fun learning about the different politics.
“We take a bi-partisan approach to get students involved in a safe manner,” said junior political science major Abigail Walker. Walker said that her ideal candidate was Sanders, generally because he likes to side with all people. Pizza and Politics was the same way, it was a unification between the students.
As students discussed their political issues in a bipartisan manner, the free food guaranteed students had a good time.