Trump Wins: 2016 Election Night at the Den

Students at the University of Calgary were upset and outraged on Tuesday, Nov. 8, when it was announced that Donald Trump would be the 45th president of the United States of America.

Jasmine Durman, a second-year psychology student at University of Calgary, was one of many saddened by the election results.

“It absolutely boggles me that this racist, sexist, misogynist will be running our neighbouring country,” Durman said, “I’m just confused and shocked, I really thought Hillary Clinton was going to come out on top.”

University of Calgary students pose with a Donald Trump imposter and his wall at The Den’s Election Night event at the UofC campus on Nov. 8, 2016.

Numbers began to dwindle during the night as it became quite clear that Trump was going to come out on top.

Some students became visibly distraught while others began to reassure them that everything was going to be OK.

“As a biology student, I’m very scared to see what will happen with climate change and global warming with a Trump presidency in office,” William Betts said.

Betts is in his third year of conservation biology and believes Trumps claim that global warming doesn’t exist to be one of the most terrifying aspects of his potential presidency.

“Trump wants to pull America out of the Paris Agreement, he’s made that clear,” Betts said, “see the Paris Agreement would be a huge step in the right direction to reducing global warming, but without the States on board it would dramatically change the results.”

“I’m just scared for the planet now, that’s my biggest fear with Trump being in office,” said Betts, “it’s going to effect the whole world.”

The viewing party was put on by The Gauntlet, and took place at the campus bar, The Den, where the atmosphere changed drastically as the final hour of results occurred.

While the majority of the crowd were hoping for a Clinton presidency, Trump supporters were still present, some even sporting the famous “Make America Great Again” baseball hats.
Afua Kokayi, a first-year Electrical Engineering student, expressed his support for Trump.

“I am from Africa, I am a black man, so it surprises people when I say that I know Trump will do good things,” Kokayi said, “He has lots of money, which makes him strong and powerful. He will be able to help the American people move forward and become stronger.”

First year Marketing student, Dustin Gates, believes Trump will bring change as President.

“America needs a change and you know Trump will do just that,” Gates said, “they need a Republican president to show a bit of tough love and strengthen their country with new policies and ideas.”

“Hillary is a crook, she is a liar, and I have no idea how people can be so blind to the facts,” said Gates, “she is definitely the bigger evil of the two.”

The beginning of the night started strong, with a lot of students enjoying their pitchers of beer together and excited with anticipation to see who would come out on top of the polls.

Megan Marshall, a third year Marketing student, came to have fun and check out what a viewing party would be like.

“I’m really not into politics, I just came down her for the drinks,” Marshall said, “but after talking to people and learning more about each candidate, I realized how important this election is to not only the States, but to us too.”

“I am now scared of nuclear war,” said Marshall.

Event organizer and editor-in-chief of The Gauntlet, Melanie Woods, sported her Palin 2012 hat while she paid close attention to the coverage being displayed on the big screen.

“I’m a Hillary supported through and through,” Woods said, “despite all the fun everyone seems to be having right now, this is a very stressful situation.”

About 600 students filled The Den to be apart of the viewing party, with a line up of over 40 outside of the doors.

“Whatever happens to America will effect Canada and I think it’s worth students caring about it,” said Woods, “you can see from this that students do care.”

The Gauntlet started planning for this event during the summer with hopes that they could succeed in hosting their first event beyond their paper and website.

“Student Journalism is all about promoting discussion on campus and debates and what not,” said Woods, “hopefully this will just be the first of many events of this nature.”

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