Politically Savvy: Debate Watch Party Encourages Political Participation

On October 9, 2016, presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton met for the second presidential debate. At the same time, 97 Texas Tech students met at Alamo Drafthouse to watch the debates on the big screen.

To encourage political participation among the student body, Mortar Board and the Texas Tech Student Government Association hosted a debate watch party.  As students arrived, they received Constitutions and American flags. At 8 p.m., the theater lights dimmed, and students watched the political action unfold.

"Providing an opportunity for students to come together and watch the debate is extremely important," said Evonne Heredia, a member of Mortar Board and the Student Government Association chief of staff. "Far too often, students form opinions based on excerpts they see on social media. Now they have the opportunity to watch the debate in its entirety and form opinions."

For more about the debate watch party, see the story from KCBD Channel 11: Watch here