Debate Watch PartyStudents enjoyed the event’s pre-party by snacking on corn dogs and cotton candy, dancing along with Owlsey, and enjoying a few carnival rides. Photo by Michelle Friswell.
Debate Watch PartyOwlsey soars on one of the carnival-style rides at the pre-party next to the stadium. Photo by Michelle Friswell.
Debate Watch PartyThe debate was shown live on the stadium’s Jumbotron to an audience of over 800 students and faculty according to a Student Government member. Photo by Michelle Friswell.
Debate Watch PartyStudents line up just inside the entrance to the stadium for a raffle ticket for a chance to win a free iPad after the debate. Photo by Ryan Murphy.
Debate Watch PartyStudents sit and lay down on the field to watch the debate on the Jumbotron at FAU Football Stadium. Photo by Ryan Murphy.
Debate Watch PartyStudents watch the last presidential debate between candidates President Barack Obama and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney near the 50-yard line in the stadium. Photo by Ryan Murphy.
Debate Watch PartyA student waves signs after Barack Obama’s closing statement. The signs had a photo of President Barack Obama on one side and one of Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on the other. Photo by Ryan Murphy.
Debate Watch PartyLeftover signs litter the field after the watch party sponsored by Student Government, Resident Student Association, Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement, Program Board and the Division of Student Affairs. Photo by Ryan Murphy.
About two thousand students, faculty and staff flooded the FAU Football Stadium’s field. They laid out their blankets and towels to watch the final presidential debate, which was 4 miles down at Lynn University, on the Jumbotron monitor.
CBS News’ Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer asked President Barack Obama and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney questions on foreign policy.
Student Government, Program Board, Resident Student Association, Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement, and the Division of Student Affairs sponsored the event.
“I thought it was a lot of fun just to kind of have fun in the beginning of Homecoming, for everybody to have a good time, and represent your organizations.” Candace Harrinarine, a junior criminal justice major, said.
Before the watch party, around 5 p.m., carnival games and bounce houses were free for students on the lawn beside the stadium. Corn dogs, ice cream, cotton candy and pretzels were also free for students and Program Board gave out free hats, cups and T-shirts to students who arrived early.
Student Body Vice President April Turner hosted the event and was excited to see how students would react. “I was hoping that everyone would react so positively,” she said.
“We weren’t really sure, this is our first time we’ve done an event like this. So, when everyone got excited, we were like ‘OK, good, this is what the community wants.’”