By Jarrod Isbell
September 26 marked the day of the first showdown between our two major presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, as they battled for votes.
In order to get students active in the election process, the college hosted a debate watching party in which everyone was invited. Students, teachers, and even kids piled into the auditorium to watch the big screen.
Steven Barleen, a history teacher at the college, promoted the debate throughout multiple classes and was rather successful at it, calling it the “debate of the century” in the emails sent out. He even went as far as offering extra credit to students who attended.
This is not the first event the college has put together to watch the debates. During the earlier part of the election, students were encouraged to meet and watch the Democratic primary debate as Hillary Clinton squared off with Bernie Sanders.
Barleen said, ”We set up the viewing party to help students gain an interest in paying more attention to politics, and to encourage them to vote this November.” He estimated that between 50 and 60 people were in attendance the night of the debate, which he thought was a large turnout.
Tyler Lawrence, a student at CCC, attended the debate. Lawrence said, “It was fairly calm but every now and then students would get riled up at something one of the candidates said.” While it remained civilized, a few students did engage in political arguments, according to Lawrence, although nothing got out of hand.
The U.S has set a new record, with more than 200 million voters registered to vote on November 8th.