By Mallory Beard
Last night's presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump drew in crowds by the masses. At Hampton University, students and administrators flooded the Student Center theater and atrium in order to view the nationally televised event and watched the two candidates charge head-to-head with their proposals.
At right, Raelynn Hawkins [foreground] watches presidential candidates' debate from the Student Center atrium. [Photo by Mecca Evans]
Some students were taken aback by the candidate's statements. "I couldn't believe when he compared us to the likes of a third-world country," said Devon Van Dyke, a varsity football player. Van Dyke said he was befuddled by Trump's statement, deeming it "disrespectful to the advancement of Americans."
Some students and staff experienced different emotions after the debate concluded. Tracey Bumphus, a Chick-Fil-A employee at the Hampton U. campus, caught the tail end of the heated battle and observed what she called "absurdity" while listening to Trump in comparison to his female adversary.
"She [Clinton] possesses class and seemed to choose her words carefully," said Bumphus.
The next presidential debate on Oct. 9 will commence at 9 p.m. EST on Washington University's campus in St. Louis.
The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.