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Viewing party in jPad garners large student attendance

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Students were surprised at how calm the atmosphere was, as the results were read. Photo by Meredith Gillespie/meredith.gillespie@marquette.edu

Students were surprised at how calm the atmosphere was, as the results were read. Photo by Meredith Gillespie/meredith.gillespie@marquette.edu

Students were surprised at how calm the atmosphere was, as the results were read. Photo by Meredith Gillespie/meredith.gillespie@marquette.edu

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At the viewing party in Johnston Hall 104, the jPad, students, faculty and Milwaukee residents apprehensively watched the election unfold.

“There’s just an atmosphere of exhaustion in both professors and students,” Michael Majerczyk, a senior in the college of Arts and Sciences, said. “It’s hard to feel excited about the election. There’s anxiety with waiting for the results.”

Bodies crammed into the lounge and while watching state-by-state results. The results brought mixed feelings of panic, anxiety and excitement. Most of the viewing participants were Hillary Clinton supporters and weren’t discouraged by the early results in Donald Trump’s favor.

“(Trump winning) Kentucky doesn’t concern me,” said Rachel Kaefer, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. “There are some states Hilary won’t win.”

The political science, communication and economics departments, along with the Les Aspin Alumni Council hosted the viewing party to get more students involved in the election. Qdoba Mexican Grill and Domino’s Pizza catered the event.

“The event is going great, I love that this many people came,” said Tori Nanstad, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences and event volunteer. “I’m seeing a lot of students actually staying and watching, not eating and leaving.”

Nathan Arpin, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, came to gain a better insight on the election.

“I haven’t really been paying much attention to the election and it’s cool to be around people who have…a better view on what it’s about,” Arpin said.

Arpin had a somewhat neutral view on the result of the election and said he had faith in the U.S. government, regardless of which candidate won.

“I wouldn’t really care because I don’t think [Trump] can do much and I don’t think he will be in office for that long.”

Theresa Cariola, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, was impressed with the environment of the jPad during the elections.

“Its a lot more calm than I thought,” Cariola said. “I thought people would be more tense and arguing and they (weren’t).”

Cariola is double majoring in international affairs and political science. It was her first time in the jPad and she enjoyed the setup.

“It doesn’t even feel like Marquette in here,” she said. “This was the only viewing party I knew of and I thought it would be nice to come here with friends. I’ve talked to a lot of people I didn’t know, its been awesome.”

Lisa Kohlndorfer, a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, also enjoyed the atmosphere the jPad offers to students.

“Its nice to get free food and to be in an environment with people who are into this sort of thing, instead of me yelling at my T.V.” she said.

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