By Nick Wort
IU South Bend’s Political Science Club and the American Democracy Project partnered to bring the president’s State of the Union address to the Student Housing Community Building on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
The event was created by the two clubs as a way to inform students about current politics and how the State of the Union Address works. The clubs provided free food and drinks to those that attended the event, and gave a brief introduction to the president’s speech before it began.
Before the event, students seemed very curious about what President Obama might say.
“I don’t think it’ll be anything too in-depth, or I’ll hear anything that I haven’t heard before,” said student Ian Spink. “I voted for Obama, so I figured I would watch him give his speech.”
Many students seemed particularly interested in what the president would have to say on gun laws.
“The only thing I’m really expecting is something to do with gun control, because I’ve been hearing a lot about that,” said student Cameron McPhail. “I have a lot of friends who’ve been talking about it lately.”
President Obama’s speech itself lasted about an hour. Students were able to not only watch the TV coverage, but also a special White House version displayed to the side of the TV. This version would show alternate angles and different members of the audience. After the speech, student still seemed interested in the speech.
“I watched how the Republicans and Democrats reacted to what the president said, and whether they would stand and clap or just sit down,” said student David Boling. “It was pretty good. This is my first time watching a State of the Union Address all the way through. It was pretty interesting.”
More information on the two groups can be found on their joint Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/iusbpolisci and on the Political Science Club’s website at http://www.iusb.edu/political-science/students/pols_club.php.