‘Humans of Occidental’ react to election night results

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Occidental students experienced fear, anxiety and optimism as they watched Donald Trump take the lead over Hillary Clinton on a projection of CNN Nov. 8 in the Tiger Cooler. The Office of Student Life, Residential Education and Housing Services, Dean of Students and Office of Community Engagement worked together to provide nearly 400 students a shared space to watch the votes trickle in.

At 6:45 p.m., the two candidates each had less than 200 electoral votes.

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“I didn’t have expectations. Lots of people were expecting Clinton to win, but right now … I’m kinda terrified,” Aidan Nguyen (junior) said.

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“I’m going between phases of optimism and anxiety. I’m angry that Trump is possibly going to win Florida and Virginia,” Danny Scharar (senior) said.

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“It’s closer than I thought this early. At this point, it’s still too early to tell,” Politics Professor Roger George said. “Like a lot of people, we’re all anxious. I’m interested in the possibility of how allies could react.”

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“I thought of the election as a community type of thing … I wanted to take [the results of] the vote [we made] with people,” Promise Li (junior) said. “I watch many [media] outlets to get a balance. It’s interesting how the media’s been reporting a lead for Clinton but the reality is a big difference. It’s nerve-racking. I’m astonished.”

At 7:04 p.m., the count was 139-104, with Trump holding the lead.

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With almost half of Occidental students being native Californians, students have been heavily discussing the California propositions.

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“I’m from Ohio. The election is always really important in Ohio because it’s a big swing state,” Eric Malmquist (sophomore) said. “I’ve been thinking about this since I woke up this morning. I’m incredibly anxious and nervous; it’s closer than I thought it was gonna be.”

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“There was a lot of anxiety around, and I wanted to come give support,” Andrew Huerta (senior) said, “I can love a candidate. I can hate a candidate. I shouldn’t be afraid of a candidate. There’s something incredibly wrong when I am.”

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I wanted to see how the election was going because a lot of people were talking. I wanted to be with the community. I hadn’t really really thought about the possibility of [Clinton] losing. I would be disappointed and sad. I’m still pretty confident,” Andrés Sobalvarro (first year) said.

By 8 p.m., Clinton had won California and Hawaii, and most students cheered loudly.

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“Oh thank God,” Deja Kirk (first year) said. “I was really, really worried. I’m feeling a lot more relieved, but I was sad to see Trump leading.”

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As the map became more and more red, I became afraid for the future of the country,” Timothy Valero (junior) said. “I’m legitimately scared of having a Republican president, House, Senate and judiciary.”

Students such as Emma Yudelevitch (sophomore) and her friends were still smiling at 9:25 p.m.

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“I think it’s really important to be aware of what’s going on, especially because I voted today. I would be devastated and disappointed if Clinton lost. I’m passionate that Trump is not the best candidate. I’m still trying to be optimistic; I still think she can win,” Yudelevitch said.

At 9:38 p.m., both candidates had racked up over 200 electoral votes, but Trump was still ahead, 238-215.

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I just wanted the group thing. I thought this was gonna be a good night. Now it’s like a massive mourning. I brought my guitar thinking this would be a nice celebration. Music brings people together; I might play American Idiot if things go south,” Pablo Nukaya-Petralia (first year) said.

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“It’s good to know that not everyone in the U.S. is in agreement with Trump and his policies. I saw a picture of the map that was all red, it made me scared and embarrassed. I’m in denial, I honestly don’t fully understand how this is possible,” Naomi Field (first year) said.

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“I like the energy when Hillary wins one and people cheer,” Florence Matteson (first year) said. “I’m upset about what this country has come to … It shows how racism, sexism, Islamophobia and racism towards Mexicans are all still present in the U.S.”

Votes were counted 244-215 at 10:29 p.m., just before the event was finished, and students booed at its end. Trump’s lead remained intact, and Clinton conceded at 11:37 p.m.

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