posted 2012-11-21 22:42:12

Election Night Soirée

Roosevelt House celebrates American politics    

Kristina Chan

Staff Writer

Shortly before Obama was reelected to serve America for four more years, over 200 members of the Hunter community flooded the grand halls of the Roosevelt House to celebrate Election day on Nov. 6th.

Crowds gathered around large television sets streaming major news outlets projected results. Students, staff and faculty also enjoyed presidential trivia games, catered food, and the constant update and discussion about the election and American politics.

“The evening had an energy, as students and faculty talked about voting and watching the election results roll in,” said Professor Pamela Falk.
The Election Night Soirée was sponsored by the Roosevelt House, USG, and NYPIRG. The event was part of an initiative called Election 2012: The Road to November, a series of events aimed to raise awareness about civic engagement.

“It’s the first time in at least two decades the Hunter community is celebrating the election in the Roosevelt House,” said Fay Rosenfeld, the Director of Programs, Operations, and Development. “[The Roosevelt House] opened two years ago, and it’s exciting for us. The Roosevelt House is the where FDR celebrated his first election.”

Hunter College Professor Pamela Falk, Professor Charles Tien, Gregory Shufro, and Fay Rosenfeld were present to participate in a discussion panel during which they offered their commentary on, and analyzed, the 2012 elections.
While the panel discussed relevant political statistics, the “outdated” Electoral College, and campaign finance, what stood out to David Tang the most was the economic forecast model predictions.

“It made me more uncomfortable since Obama’s predicted to lose,” said Tang, an intended political science major and freshman enrolled in the Roosevelt Scholars Program.

Despite the disappointment, Tang is still proud that he voted Tuesday. “I don’t care [when people say there is no point in voting] because it’s my right,” Tang said. “So do it as much as possible, it’s a constitutional right.”
Professor Charles Tien, one of the panelists, added, “voting is more than just a one day activity. It is a process that takes months. Students need to get informed about the parties, candidates, and issues. Tien went on,“they need to register. They need to talk about the election issues with friends and family. They need to think about what is important to them. It is important to take part in this lengthy process and fulfill a civic duty to ensure that our government is responsive to our demands.”

“If you want change to be made, you have to be a part of this change,” said Amanda Quiles, a junior enrolled in the Thomas Hunter Honors Program studying law.