Students lined up last night at a polling station in the dormitories to cast their ballots and, while almost everyone said they voted for Obama, most of them did not know why.
Ismael Villarreal, a psychology, voted for Obama. But when asked why, he said, ‘To be honest, I don’t really know. To me it just sounds like Obama’s the better choice.’
‘He’s going to be helping out the middle class,’ said Courtney Green, a psychology senior. But she didn’t know specifically how he would do it.
‘I don’t know,’ said Green. ‘Something to do with taxes.’
Students were also gathered in the Pub to watch election coverage on the big screen. Ires Zur, a CTVA senior, wasn’t registered to vote but said she supported Obama. ‘I heard other people say he’s good,’ she said.
The vagaries were equally intense when students were asked about McCain.
‘I don’t think he’s a bad guy. I just like Obama better,’ said Brandon Karriem, a criminal justice freshman.
Others questioned McCain’s intellectual capacity.
‘I don’t think he’s all there,’ said Green. ‘He just seems senile,’ said Zur.
One of the buzz words on everybody’s mind was ‘change,’ and most people, like Villarreal, cited it as a major factor in their decision. Whether or not the ‘change’ vote was cast based on a slogan or for more concrete reasons is, of course, impossible to tell.