Students donned their Obama and Romney gear in support of their chosen candidate at the Baker Center as the election results rolled in on Tuesday night.
More than 60 students attended the election watch party. The event was co-sponsored by the Baker Ambassadors and the Honors Council to foster a safe environment for learning and discussion.
"We (the Baker Ambassadors and Honors Council) wanted a place for students to go that was bipartisan ... (and where) discussion could occur," said Lisa Dicker, a junior in political science and Asian studies. "In this room we have Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and people who don't really know either way and people who don't care, and it just makes for a great discussion."
In addition to watching the election results come in, the Baker Ambassadors facilitated political charades. Students would act out famous political figures such as Bill O'Reilly, Ann Romney, Joe Biden, Hilary Clinton and other current political figures. Historical political figures such as William H. Taft and Franklin D. Roosevelt were also included in the game.
There was also a running poll about election issues that students could text their answers in for.
"(They are) general questions about who you voted for ... and more specific questions like 'who do you think is going to run in 2016?' or 'do you think it's unpatriotic to not vote?,'" said Dicker, who also serves as a Baker Ambassador. "None of them are just 'yes' and 'no.' You can fully explain."
The poll also included questions that ranged from fun questions like who had better arms, Michelle Obama's pilates arms or Paul Ryan's p90x arms, to more serious questions like if students thought the current system of the Electoral College works. Students were also asked in the poll what issue was the deciding factor on who they cast their vote for and which issues they wished received more coverage.
Kevin Brown, sophomore in public relations, hopes that students will learn that the voice of young adults is important in this election and others like it.
"I really hope that students will learn throughout the night that we do really have a voice, and (the importance of) getting out there and making sure your voice is heard. Whether or not you think it matters, it really does ... you need to get yourself out there (and vote)," said Brown, who also serves as the Public Relations Committee Co-Chair for the Honors Council.
Students and Faculty received an email Tuesday afternoon from the Chancellor encouraging the UT community to express their volunteer spirit by practicing civility on Election Day. Both Dicker and Brown hope that the event encouraged civility.
"The Honors Council and the Baker Center try to foster (a learning and welcoming) environment where students can come and be open and not worry about ridiculous things happening," Brown said.
Dicker agreed with Brown, stating that one of the purposes of the event is to bring students of different political opinions together.
"You can get together with a group of people that may not have the same ideas as you and watch such a momentous occasion such as an election," she said.