Hofstra University campus prepares for tonight’s presidential debate
There is an electric feeling on the Hofstra University campus as everyone heads into the final stretch when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will go head-to-head inside Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex.
“When I found out this was going on, I almost threw my boyfriend’s phone, because I’m like, ‘this isn’t happening for a third time’,” says student Madison Wright.
Yes, Hofstra is the only University to host three consecutive presidential debates. This time around, they have a front-row seat to the action.
Marie Pepe from New Hyde Park was at Hofstra on Sunday with her family – her son goes to Queens College, and her daughter is considering going to Hofstra.
“I really wanted them to see this – they were hesitant, but I dragged them, and now they’re happy they came,” said Pepe.
Many of the students are volunteering with the debate, and are helping the many journalists who are on campus plan watch parties and panel discussions.
Dwight Spencer is a freshman, and believes having the debate is a game-changer, particularly for Freshmen, who are first-time voters.
“It pushes students a little bit more…in Student Center, see individuals asking if students have voted, and you hear people saying ‘yes I have’, or ‘I’m voting absentee’,” Spencer says.
However, for now, they are watching, listening and taking it all in.
“This is probably the only moment when we will have everyone set aside political opinion, and be immersed with what is happening at our school,” adds Mariam Chubinidzhe.
Join the Eyewitness News team live on Monday at 8:00 p.m. from Hofstra University as we countdown to the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.