By Jake Bell and Tom Tighe – Copy Editor and 1851 Staff
Election results announced on Tuesday, November 6 revealed that Barack Obama was re-elected as President of the United States. It was an election that impacted many on a broad range of issues, including students at Lasell.
“I thought that the popular vote was right on point, thought it would be close. However I thought that the electoral vote was going to be reversed,” said senior Michael Mahoney. With President Obama winning the popular vote 50 to 48 percent, and the electoral vote 303 to 206, he convincingly secured his spot as our nation’s President.
While Obama ran a campaign stressing change in America, some feel that it’s a different kind of change this nation needs. “Well you’re obviously rooting for the guy you vote for,” said registered Republican voter and senior Matt McCarthy. “Obama had promised change and I feel he fell short on delivering all of his promises. I saw Romney as a good candidate.”
Barack Obama passed the Student Loan Reform Act in 2010 saving students more than $60 billion. This reform decreases student monthly payments and forgives debt after twenty years of timely payments. “I still feel worried about my student loan payments,” said Frank Leone. “It made this election very relevant for me knowing my loans and how I paid for them were at stake.”
Students organized across campus to watch the election results. “A bunch of us were watching the election together,” said senior Paige Seavey. “Some of us wanted Romney to win and others wanted the president to get re-elected for another term. It was starting to get late when the results came out but we didn’t mind staying up for them.”
“In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward,” the president said in his victory speech.
Students hope to see a positive result from the election, an election that they were encouraged to participate in throughout the school year. “I’m interested to see what will happen in the next four years,” said Mahoney. “I feel it will be like the past four years with the divided House unless our elected leaders can come together.”