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Princeton Review ranked American University as the “Most Politically Active School” in the nation in its 2009 survey. The feeling on campus this election day serves as a great measure into how these D.C. students earned such a distinction.
Audio from live CNN election coverage filled a student dining center as students clad in Obama and McCain gear worked behind their laptops and discussed the latest poll numbers.
AU freshman Katie Horvath wondered just how classes would feel during the interregnum.
“Every single class I’m in, literally every class, talks about the election every day. I’m really excited for tomorrow, but I’m not sure what we’re gonna talk about in class with the election over.”
Adi Stein, who studies theater at AU, said there was a mock polling booth set up in his dorm where students could vote and then compare their results with the nation’s. He echoed the election’s prominence in all of his classes – even in theater.
“My theater professor started class today by announcing if anyone is registered to vote and hasn’t already, then please leave class now and cast your ballot.
Amid the anticipation lingering on campus, there’s a minority sentiment eager for the ubiquitous election coverage to finally dissipate.
“I just can’t escape it. No matter what I do,” said senior Justin Wolfe. “Yeah, it felt great to vote, but I’m ready to start checking some different sites on my phone. I’ll be happy to stop getting campaign e-mail updates.”