Who’s got the golden ticket? UNH students discuss the ticket lottery for the Democratic debate, their thoughts on the venue and presidential preferences.
Stacie Gregg and her sons came to support Trump at Great Bay Community College.
Mike Quill, a hired photographer, is a Trump supporter. When asked about the Democratic debate Quill said, “I think Hillary is a disaster and too many millenials are infatuated with Bernie’s unrealistic promises to give freebies.”
Photos by Beccy Anderson
Edited by Daniel Clare
Students riff about their political stances and the campus chaos ahead of the 2016 presidential primary.
Video by Kelsea Campbell and Fatima Jaber
It was 5:30 and we were walking on our way to Huddleston Hall, which had been converted into a spin room. The location was the Huddleston Ball Room. Thoughts of rejection were spinning through our head, contemplating how to sneak past security. To our surprise, there was no security that prevented us to walk in and roam free, nervous and frozen still of the thought of someone catching us.
Luckily there were no problems and we walked in the back room of the MSNBC production team. Everybody was laser focused, not even a slight twitch fazed them. The place was crammed on the very edges with cords and equipment. The middle, behind the panelists, was left empty. Tamron Hall described the University of New Hampshire as “Sanders backyard”, to the viewers back home.
For a half hour, they cut in and out of correspondents and rally footage as we stood motionless in the corner behind the production team.
At 6:00 p.m., we finally had our first opportunity to talk to someone when Dante Scala, an associate professor of political science at UNH, was done talking to the anchors on MSNBC. To our surprise, Scala was as nervous as we were for the debate.
“I work with a lot of different media, but this is definitely the most nervous I get.”
Scala said that it’s a different feeling than just giving a quote for an article and that tonight was “far from over.”
We decided to make our way to the press room, and on our way there we met Jean Mackin of WMUR, who was gracious enough to speak to us for a few minutes. She described the pre-debate action as “making sure everything is ready to go come 9:00.”
“Once 9:00 hits, it’s hectic. There’s no room for error,” said Mackin.
“We have to breakdown a two hour debate into a two and a half minute video.”
Mackin said the most rewarding part is giving a fair and honest view of the debate for the people at home.
With that, we made our way to the press room in Holloway Commons, and were greeted by Erika Mantz, the director of media relations for UNH. She was kind enough to invite us into the press room, which is where all the action happens come debate time. In there we met a produce for CBSN, the digital arm for CBS. She lead us right out of the press room and back to the spin room, which was where our night started. It’s like it came full circle.
She was hoping to introduce us to some big names on TV, but unfortunately, they had jobs to do and were getting ready for their 7:00 p.m. reports.
It was an eye-opening experience for sure, and once it got going, it felt like it flew by. We were amazed by the fact that amidst all the pressure for deadlines, people were willing to talk to us and take time to make us feel comfortable. It was a pleasant experience to talk to the press, journalists to journalists.
-Brian Thibodeau and Jake Graves. Edited by:Daniel Clare
On a typical Thursday night at the University of New Hampshire a student’s walk to class is often uneventful. Tonight, however, students are accompanied by a large, blue, school bus covered in Bernie Sanders propaganda.
Mark Buckley, the owner and driver, and his co-pilot, Mr. Clucky the rooster, have devoted the past couple of months to following Bernie’s campaign in their rolling political statement.
The bearded driver’s honks and cheers make the bus impossible to overlook. Stepping onto the “Bernie Bus,” one would expect a party-like atmosphere due to Mark’s energy and enthusiasm. In reality, the space inside resembles a thrift store and smells of farm animals. It’s made cozy with the addition of a wood stove and Christmas lights.
“I’m an environmentalist first,” Buckley said. He has worked with Greenpeace, a worldwide initiative, in the past and believes strongly in Bernie’s environmental efforts. Buckley doesn’t just talk the talk but walks the walk as well. His bus runs on vegetable oil and has solar panels on top. With few exceptions, the items in the bus have been salvaged.
Some of the second-hand items include quilts, an old organ and two tattered couches up front. The back of the bus holds a wooden bunk-bed frame, a refrigerator and several other unidentifiable items.
Not only does this vehicle serve as moving propaganda, but it transforms into a stage. When parked, Buckley often invites people onto his bus to hand out bumper stickers, talk Bernie and meet Mr. Clucky.
Although it is easy for the typical citizen to sit back and watch the campaign from the couch, Buckley feels confident in his next-level efforts. The activist says that many townspeople from both Vermont and New Hampshire feel his involvement has “pulled Bernie over the hill.”
The next time Sanders’ campaign is in town, Buckley’s extraordinary bus is sure to be hot on its tail, rooster and all.
Written by Cierra Dubinsky, Colleen Irvine, and Adam Bergeron
By Rachel Goodreau and Kristen Dionne
DURHAM, Nh- Supporters of the Hillary Clinton campaign gathered at the Three Chimney Inn for a viewing party of the Democratic debate. Outside the door of the Inn, supporters of the Clinton campaign, Michaela Hinkcksley-Gorson and Yamilex Bencosme, shed light on the viewing party taking place at the Inn. They showed up early to make calls to undecided citizens in the area regarding Hillary’s “big event” in Portsmouth this weekend at Great Bay Community College. Hinkcksley-Gorson and Bencosme shared that the invitation list included around three hundred people. Another Clinton supporter, David Todisco, a fellow for the campaign and former student of UNH, arrived early to help set up and expressed his feelings toward the debate. He strongly believes that Hillary and Bill will be making an appearance at the Inn, after the debate around midnight.
Photo by Rachel Goodreau
By Chris Barnard and Kiera Hood
There was a lottery held for the University of New Hampshire community. A waitlist of 20 people was created, 11 of which are students.
The Hillary hater truck left at 7 p.m. because it was illegally parked.
Hang out at the table for a possible ticket to the debate.
150 people checked in, waiting for 30 more.
This is what four undecided students had to say:
Brianna Albert said she had no information on either candidate to make a decision.
Eric Smith told us that Hillary Clinton cannot be trusted because of questions about her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state and is “in the pocket of big business.” He also believes that Sen. Bernie Sanders clashes with Congress. His stance on the debate is one that does not support either candidate.
“I don’t like any of the candidates,” he said.
Taylor Brown stated that both Clinton and Sanders are “both small-minded and do not see the bigger picture of society.” Brown said she is not completely a Democrat.
Calle Shaer, a sophomore at UNH, told us that she is undecided because she sees the potential in both Clinton and Sanders. As a strong female supporter, Shaer strongly supports Clinton’s ideas such as how “she fights for the rights of women.” While being undecided she also has a positive outlook on Sanders because of “his good ideas for America” such as free tuition for college students.
Marie Smith, a UNH student, seemed undecided about her opinion of the candidates. When discussing Sanders she said, “Bernie could strengthen ties with Israel.” On the other hand, she shared a positive opinion about Clinton. “Hillary will keep the presidency like Bill Clinton’s and he was a good president.”
Written by: Frances Serwicki and Alyssa LeClair.Edited by: Daniel Clare
In the days leading up to the New Hampshire primary, this election presents an opportunity for many students at UNH to vote for the first time. The rite of passage into adulthood is even more special on campus as UNH prepares for the Democratic debate between Senator Bernie Sanders and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
Throughout the day students experienced what it is to be a voter. Some knew exactly what and who they wanted, while the undecided students were taking this once-in-a-college-career chance to learn more about the candidates.
For those whose candidates are not present on campus, the debate exposes sharp contrasts between Republicans and Democrats underlined throughout the election process.
Andrew Kran said Ted Cruz, the Republican Iowa Caucus winner, presents the best qualities out of the available candidates.
“He has gone up against the Supreme Court,” he said. “I’ve followed politics hard core my whole life.”
To many students, the primary problems facing our country today deal with ISIS and domestic policies, such as health care. These are the issues that could sway an undecided voter.
Junior Griffin Sinclair-Wingate at University of New Hampshire has been following politics and has anticipated his chance to impact the election. When asked if he was nervous or anxious for any candidates on either side, Sinclair-Wingate felt confident though cautious about the outcome of the election(s). “Yeah, I’m scared if they actually get elected into office, but I have a feeling [Bernie’s Campaign] will get the job done.”
For some, the opportunity to change the direction of the country couldn’t have been set up better. “I’m really excited. I couldn’t have asked for a better election for my first time to vote.” Sinclair-Wingate said.
written by Alex Bostic and Brendan Crockan
edited by Sabrina Meriano
Offering everything from coffee to breakfast sandwiches to rice plates, Ramon’s Food & Coffee Cart on Academic Way is a frequent stop for students, professors and more.
The Durham Police Department contacted Ramon and Kristin Valdez the day before the February 4 Democratic presidential debate. Their request: for Ramon’s to stay open late. The food cart is steps away from the debate held in the Paul Creative Arts Center.
Ramon’s Food & Coffee Cart has been open for 10 years. This request marks the first time that they have been contacted to extend their hours. While Ramon’s usually closes around 2 or 3 p.m., they were specifically asked to stay open until at least 10 p.m., an hour after the debate begins.
For Ramon Valdez, this means the longest shift he’s had in a decade — over 17 hours. Valdez began his day at 5 a.m. and will be working until he decides to close.
This week has been busier than most for Ramon’s, almost triple their normal amount of customers. Some of their newest visitors include Durham police officers, the Secret Service and MSNBC staff.
Around 1 p.m., Ramon’s ran out of supplies, forcing Ramon Valdez to go out and restock. The most popular items of the evening have been their Rice Plates and Cuban Pork Sandwiches.
Other coffee carts around the area are closed for the night.
Reporters: Zoe Cullen and Kate Springer
Video producers: Gabrielle Scibetta and Liz Haas
Editor: Jen English
by Mark Garbino, Emily Langlais, and Megan Clark
In the hours leading up to Thursday’s Democratic Debate at the University of New Hampshire, security was widespread and vigilant. Throughout campus, police from various forces, including UNH, Durham, Dover, Newmarket, Laconia and Hillsborough County were stationed in strategic places in preparation for the debate.
Among the officers on duty were Officer Travaglin and Detective Mask from the Dover Police Department, who were actively protecting the back doors of the Paul Creative Arts Center – the venue for the Democratic Debate.
“Nothing really has been happening back here so far,” Officer Travaglin stated. Many students’ classes have been rescheduled or cancelled due to the security presence, which has caused the main amount of traffic for these two officers.
Other parts of campus have been blocked off and secured as well, such as Quad Way and parts of Academic Way, allowing only official vehicles through. One officer from the Durham Police Department was stationed near Mills Hall on Quad Way.
“This is the UNH police’s territory, so the officers from surrounding areas have just been helping them out wherever they need it,” stated the officer. “We’ve known (about the debate) for a few days, but we were placed as needed.” The officer explained that police enforcement from surrounding towns were there purely for assistance with traffic and expanded security.
Security also supervised the citizens waiting in line to attend the debate. In line was Kendice Higginbottom, a New Hampshire administrator for Women for Bernie. She explained that, upon her arrival to campus, security requested identification and assisted her with parking due to her handicapped license plate. Higginbottom admitted that security was helpful and thorough while assisting her.
As for reporters, many were stationed at Huddleston Hall, just down the street from the Paul Creative Arts Center. One NBC reporter, Debbie, gave information on how security has been handling the press.
“Security performs a ‘sweep’ for all reporters – both those who will be attending the event and those who are not,” she said. “All reporters appear at a certain time, when the security dogs sniff our equipment, and then we are able to move on with our reporting.”
Overall, security provided a peaceful and organized environment for the debate. Hosting the debate puts a national spotlight on the university, and with the help of security, they ensured that students, voters and presidential candidates are safe during their time on campus.