Metro Students Ambivalent About Politics and Broncos

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Posted Fri, Sep 30, 2016

The debate changed my mind, I wasn't going to vote. -- Salem Aldawoodi, UCD student. [Photo Abby Bowen]

The debate changed my mind, I wasn’t going to vote. — Salem Aldawoodi, UCD student. [Photo Abby Bowen]

Rivalries in Football and Politics take over Television
By Shannon Hoffman and Abby Bowen
DENVER, Auraria Campus — This Sunday kicked off the week with a win for the Broncos, and Monday tackled it down with a loss for American politics.

The general census from students who watched both the Broncos game and the political debate was that they have more faith in their home team than they do in the potential leaders of their country.

Many seemed disappointed by how the debate was handled by both parties, but especially Trump’s. Some students had positive things to say about the Broncos game, though. Carl Farstad, a Biology major at Metro, said, “Trevor Siemian looks good. Solid defense.” Though his confidence in the political game is not as strong, “It was a sh—show, not organized, no substance.”

Then there were those who supported Trump prior to the debate or at least thought he would win, but quickly changed their minds as they watched the politician behave the way that he did.

Ben Duran, a freshman at Univerisity of Colorado, Denver, even went so far as to say that “Trump was childish in temperament.” He couldn’t even finish watching the debate and turned it off after 40 minutes.

Other students felt that the debate was informative enough to be mind-changing, “Hillary gave sufficient answers, not Trump. The debate changed my mind, I wasn’t going to vote,” said Saleem Aldawoodi, a UCD student studying International Studies. Aldawoodi took a stance on the Broncos as well, “Amazing performance, played really good even though they weren’t at home.”

Another student, Chris Coyne, a UCD student studying Political Science, thought differently about the debate. He said that the debate “felt pretty close, one didn’t landslide the other.” Though he wished that there were more questions regarding globalization, race relations and tax policy.

"I’m interested in the topic like higher education," she said.

I’m interested in the topic like higher education. — Carla Castillo [Courtesy photo]

The Importance of the First Clinton-Trump Debate
By Guadalupe Gonzalez

DENVER, Auraria Campus — The American people and people all around the world would not miss the first debate between the presidential nominees, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Monday night. The so awaited debate gathered supporters from both parties to be around a television to pay close attention to what each of them had to say.

Some might have waited for the debate to happen to take a side while others were watching to support their favorite candidate. Some minds were already made and the performance from each side was a booster to their support.

Just like Carla Castillo, a CO Challenge Counselor at Metropolitan State University, who did not miss the debate on Monday. It was really important for her to watch the debate because just like others, she is concerned with certain topics that will affect them personally and also affect the people that surround her.

Castillo is concerned with the dreamers and how the future president will impact the Differed Action benefits they’re receiving. DACA is their support and maintaining it is something she would like to see happen. Castillo has students at Metro who are benefiting from DACA and seeing Trump crush their dreams is something she doesn’t want to see happen.

“It was clear who prepared for the debate and it was Hillary, She needs to continue being prepared, she will have it for the other debates. Her experience from being in the Senate and being secretary of state will benefit her in the debates,” Castillo said.

Voting in these elections is very important for everyone that has the privilege to do so. Everyone has an opinion and it needs to be heard. It’s an ability to be able to chose who we want as a president.

Castillo also emphasized the importance of voting. Those who can vote need to vote because they have a voice, a voice that not a lot of people have.”

“Why can’t someone like Bill Gates run who actually spends time trying to help people?”

Why can’t someone like Bill Gates run who actually spends time trying to help people? — Jeanie O’Connor (Middle) [Photo: Adam Uribes]

Metro Students Ambivalent About Politics and Broncos
By Adam Uribes and Jake Compton

DENVER, Auraria Campus — Despite a majority of Metro State students missing the Sept. 26 debate, passions still ran high about the candidates. That passion didn’t transfer as much for the Denver Broncos who notched another big win Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

“Spoiled billionaires who screwed with government and I’m so sick that we couldn’t find anyone better than these two a******s” was the sentiment of Jeanie O’Connor.

Many students were upset by the antics of the debate where both Trump and Clinton focused more on attacking each other and “slinging mud” rather than expounding on the important issues.

O’Connor also said, “Why can’t someone like Bill Gates run who actually spends time trying to help people?”

While students had other personal events going on, like work and family obligations, they maintained their curiosity about what each candidate had to say. This would do little to sway their vote. No one who was interviewed gave any indication that their votes would be changed by what either candidate had to say.

The Broncos game ended in another surprising win, even though similar life events and hobbies got in the way of people watching or reacting to it.

This neglect to the game was met in equal parts passion for the debates, “Hilary is a hypocrite for attacking Trump being a womanizer. Her husband was just as big a womanizer and she let it all happen. I’m so over both candidates,” according to O’Connor.

 Trump was talking around the questions during the debate and I cannot take him seriously. -- Auraria student, Chase Miller [Photo: Herman Edwards]

Trump was talking around the questions during the debate and I cannot take him seriously. — Auraria student, Chase Miller [Photo: Herman Edwards]

College campus does not share same inspiration for presidential debate as football
By Herman Edwards

DENVER, Auraria Campus — People were smiling ear to ear when mentioning the victory of the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

“Denver Broncos have an excellent chance of winning the Super Bowl,” said Vernon, an AHEC employee.
If only citizens shared the same sentiment for the presidential debate, we could have a record voter turn out. John, a man seeking to heal the souls of college students by passing out bibles adjacent to the light rail, said he

While passing out bibles adjacent to the light rail, John said he plans to vote for Donald Trump. [Photo: Herman Edwards]

While passing out bibles adjacent to the light rail, John said he plans to vote for Donald Trump. [Photo: Herman Edwards]

plans to vote for Donald Trump. John said he gravitates towards Trump, because he believes  Hillary Clinton is incompetent.

Although, John is a part of a growing chorus of making America great again. Chase Miller, an Auraria Campus student, thinks both candidates are comical and ridiculous. He understands why representatives from both political parties have unfavorable views across the country.

“Trump was talking around the questions during the debate and I can not take him seriously,” Miller said. “Hillary’s plan were laid out and she will be needed. I am going to miss Obama.

[The debate] was actually more entertaining than informative.

[The debate] was actually more entertaining than informative. — Neil Mason [Photo: Zach Wood]

Broncos Game a Hit, but Debate Big as Well
By Zach Wood

DENVER, Auraria Campus – Over the weekend of Sept. 24, most people knew the Broncos played the Bengals and the next day the presidential debate was televised. Many Metropolitan State University of Denver students are Broncos fans because the university is located within spitting distance of Mile High Stadium. The university also has students around the campus studying political science, and students interested in politics in general, however looking at the campus from a distance would make you think that the Broncos fans outweigh the political science students.

Not everyone is a Broncos fan on campus. “Yes, I watched the debate,” says Auraria student Neil Mason. However, he didn’t watch the Bronco game. “[The debate] was actually more entertaining than informative. I have never watched any debate before this one and I really only tuned in to be entertained.”

This goes to show that people can find entertainment anywhere. Although presidential debates are not supposed to be entertaining, this year we find ourselves in a situation where we have viewers tuned in solely for laughs rather than information.

Not to say that no one watched the Broncos game because many students around campus were wearing their blue and orange and speaking about big plays by Trevor Siemian.

Auraria student Abbas Torabi says, “I couldn’t believe our first year starter threw for four touchdown passes and no interceptions. I really think Denver has something in this young guy. He’s even younger than I am.”

We find the diversity of the Auraria Campus when students are asked about what they do in their free time. Whether it was the debate or the game, students were tuned into their media devices over the weekend showing how important community and national events are to the campus as a whole.

 

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