Every news source from MSNBC to ABC to CBS has trucks and stages stationed around campus, even though they also have nice accommodations in a portion of the university known as the “Media Filing Center.”
The media were not the only people on campus in the days leading up to the debate; members of President Obama’s secret service could also be seen lurking in the shadows. The same day they came around, I was told to pick up both my volunteer and secret service credentials. This was a must; anyone without both of these would not have access to spots on campus as Hofstra went into lockdown on October 15 at 3 p.m.
This made it particularly hard for students – myself included – participatingDemocracy in Performance. My mom was planning to come to see me perform, but nonresidents were not allowed in residents’ halls between 3 p.m. on October 14, until after the debate takes place.
However, it is not a bad thing. These may seem like negatives, but there is a certain sense of adrenaline that comes with the commotion on campus. There are many positive things that go along with my duties, like being featured on ABC and CBS (courtesy of the volunteer committee) and being able to shadow members of the media the night of the debate.
Most people think volunteers get into the debate hall, but that is not the case. Only 200 lucky students get to attend, and they are selected completely by random. However, the volunteers get to do work behind-the-scenes and experience things students otherwise would not. I am ecstatic to be a part of this once in a lifetime chance.
Thank you Hofstra University, and all of the people that made the exciting events this month possible!