Excitement, hope flow at Black House

Jacy DeFilippo

After it was announced that Barack Obama had won the presidency students at the Black House, were shouting, talking excitedly among each other and others were on their cell phones calling friends and family.

‘This is surreal to me, I can’t put it into words,’ Eboni Blanche, a 20-year-old public health education major said.’ ‘This means so much to me.”

Blanche said she recognized it can only get better from here.’

Samantha Wauls, 20, a Pan-African Studies major and President of the NAACP at CSUN, was at the Black House to support Pan-African Studies week and the new president elected.’

‘I wanted to watch my vote count,’ Wauls said.’ Wauls hopes that Obama has a priority in education.’ ‘Education is the key to American success.’

Watching the number of electoral votes for Obama rise from 305 to 333 and continue to rise, the senior sociology major’s face lit up with excitement.

‘I expect Obama to make things better than what they how they are now, although I don’t expect miracles,’ Ebony Conley said. ‘I expect things to be better for all minorities and I expect for everybody to see that we are all equals.’

Ryan Mason, 20 a civil engineering and construction management and business administration major is the president of the Harambee Student Association.’ The Harambee student association promotes higher education to African American high school students.’

‘I like how Obama united the people, not just African Americans,’ Mason says.’ He hopes that Obama can do better with the problems that the United States is facing.’

Rhiana Wilson, 19, a music major was there to celebrate history.’ Wilson had a good feeling that Obama would win, but spent the night at the Black house watching the election.’

Wilson said he hopes Obama keeps his word on what he promised in his road to the presidency.