2009 election did not excite HU students
By Louis Washington
Only a year has passed since the historic election of President Barack Obama, which caused pandemonium around the Hampton University campus.
The Nov. 3 election seemed to take a reverse affect on the same registered voters who did their part to elect Obama. It was very difficult to find any student who was aware that there was an election going on. It was not the fact that coverage of the election was not televised; it was the fact that students who were interviewed do not care much for these elections.
“I don’t really care too much about an election that doesn’t really affect me much right now,” said Dereck Satchell, a sophomore marketing major from Cherry Hill, N.J. “It’s hard to hear the candidates’ platforms when I am going to school in Virginia.”
Last year, a day would not go by at Hampton University when you did not hear about the election in the classroom, in the café, in the student center, or at a party. This year, students would be lucky to hear anything about the elections that took place. While the elections do not share the same historic value, they both have an affect on the American citizens nonetheless.
Professors took a stand-offish approach to inform the students on the importance of voting. It seemed as though last year’s lesson would always become lessons on why students, especially young African-American students, should vote. The lack of young voters in this year’s elections might be a contributing factor to the Republicans taking control over the Democrats.
There were no HU busses giving rides to the polls. There were classes in session, and there was no campaign paraphernalia in support of any candidate from any of the states, unlike last year.
The New Jersey and Virginia elections were very important ones in America. Republican Robert F. McDonnell defeated Democrat R. Creigh Deeds in the race for Virginia governor, while another Republican, Chris Christie, defeated incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine in New Jersey.
It seemed odd that these two states voted Democrat in the presidential election but turned Republican for this year’s election. This comes after multiple trips to each state by Obama to campaign for Deeds as well as Corzine. The president made a stop to Old Dominion University in Norfolk to campaign for Deeds the week before the election, which was open to the public.
Maybe this generation of students are not as interested in politics as we thought they were.
The writer is a student in the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications