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AAUW hosts debate bingo night

October 27, 2016

Dillon Nelson

Staff Reporter | djn005@latech.edu

 

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton provided entertainment for Louisiana Tech’s chapter of The American Association of University Women as it gathered in the Foreign Student’s Office Oct. 20 for a game of debate bingo.

 

Squares for subjects like “women” and “campaign finance” lined the boards. Students racked up spaces quickly and all of the prizes were claimed by the end of the debate, but members stayed to share their thoughts on the organization’s goals and the debate performances of the candidates afterward.

 

Nick Smith, a senior political science major, said it was the surreal nature of this campaign season which lends itself to party games like bingo and politically minded organizations.

 

“Particularly for these debates, I think the absurdity of some of the rhetoric is very befitting of a game,” Smith said. “From an organizational standpoint, it gives us an opportunity to build community among our members.”

 

Smith said he thought the moderator, Fox News’s Chris Wallace, conducted the debates decently, keeping the debate going so it was possible to play several games of bingo. He said the idea of what a moderator does during a debate should certainly be reimagined.

 

“We need to reform the system because Trump was blatantly lying at times,” Smith said. “I’m not saying Hillary didn’t stretch the truth at times as well, but we need to have more prevalent fact-checking and have something running at the bottom of the screen to catch either candidate.”

 

Hannah Robertson, AAUW vice president and a junior biology major, said playing bingo was her idea, and it is was meant to encourage students to become more politically minded.

 

“Before and throughout the debate members of Tech’s chapter of AAUW made a large presence on social media outlets, letting the candidates know that we wanted to hear them speak about issues impacting the lives of women and students,” Robertson said.

 

She said she enjoyed how equal pay and abortion rights were brought up because these issues are often foggy for some people who do not really delve much into politics.

 

“A lot of people question who would advocate for late-term abortions, so I think Clinton did a good job of telling how there are people’s lives at stake in these decisions,” Robertson said.

 

She said the organization was able to reach people across the nation and let them know they have a voice should they choose to use it.

 

“A well-loved phrase in AAUW is that it really is as simple as ‘when women vote,’ they change the conversation,” Robertson said..

 

Will Phillips, a junior economics major, said he is a supporter of Hillary Clinton but understands how Trump has gotten as far as he has.

 

“I don’t want to call him but not a moron,” Phillips said. “He just seems like a celebrity who just wandered into the presidency and gone about picking up popularity and staying on this surreal, reality-show of a presidential race.”

 

Phillips said he thinks Trump’s true talent failed to shine through during this debate, as it failed to do in the previous two.

 

“It really feels like he’s just winging it during the debates, and even though Trump could throw her off here and there, Clinton was taking notes like you’re supposed to and seemed more prepared,” Phillips said.

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