Category Archives: On-Campus

Meet The A Capella Society: Fermata The Blue

 

Fermata the Blue’s first EP is now on iTunes and Spotify

by Jacob Carey

Fermata the Blue is an all-male A Capella group on Central Connecticut State University’s campus. They are a group of fun loving guys who enjoy to sing.

They are founded on the belief of brotherhood, as Tevin Jourdain, the group’s Assistant Director said, “we have a sense of comradery.” He further explained how an older brother can make fun of their siblings, but when someone else tries to, the older brother stops it, specifically what is to be expected from this group.

They are a very close group of guys that joke around with one another, while being there for each other as well. This fosters an environment that inspires creativity within the group, as no one feels that they are going to be judged. This allows the group as a whole to push the limits on what they do, and always attempt to try new things that will “wow” their audience.

Even though these guys love to goof off, when it comes time to perform, they know how to put on a show. They frequently start off their concerts with a comedic video created by the members of the group. On top of that, their music is well performed and hits an emotional core. They do an excellent job of picking an array of songs that displays their vast talent, while also taking their audience on a journey. On top of that, they are very particular about who they would like to arrange a piece, as they want to make sure the song gets proper treatment. They often will pick very popular tunes that pulls their audience in. Once they have control of their audience, they sing an incredibly emotional song that brings people to tears. They are not afraid to show their emotional side, which audiences love.

Looking to the future, they are excited to grow as a group by continuing to attend Boston Sings (BOSS), and possibly competing at the ICCA’s again. Additionally, they are looking to compete more in general. They hope to continue to get exposure so they can get feedback as a group, using those critiques and applying it to develop their sound. This is an important technique that they use to make sure that the group keeps a fresh sound, and to make sure that they continue to put on high quality shows.

The “Boys in Blue” recently released their first EP on iTunes and Spotify. They are currently trying to raise the money to record and release another EP in the future. Make sure to check out their EP, as well as follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Their next concert is Monday, Apr. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Torp Theater. If you cannot make the concert or just want to hear more, you can also check them out on YouTube. If you are interested in auditioning, feel free to contact them, or go to the A Capella Society’s “Welcome Back Concert” in the Fall, and check out all the groups on campus and sign up for auditions.

Meet The A Capella Society: Chromachord

by Jacob Carey

Chromachord, founded in the Fall of 2015, is Central Connecticut State University’s newest and only co-ed A Cappella group. The group was founded on the concept “equality for all”.  They want to be a place for anyone to feel welcomed, despite race, gender or sexual orientation.  The group strives for a group dynamic that could make anyone feel at home.

Within their brief period of performing, they have already proved to be an excellent group.  Originally starting the group with eighteen people, they have drastically downsized to nine members.  Even though this may seem like a bump in the road, the group was ready for the challenge.  They were able to take the opportunity to work on becoming more vocally tight.  That is why they perform like groups that have been around for a lot longer than them.  This makes for a very promising future for the group, as each concert they give, they have grown exponentially.

As a co-ed group, they have the ability to sing in a much larger range than other groups.  They can sing a larger variety of songs, as they have soloists in multiple ranges.  This means they are not limited to picking songs with primarily male or female vocalists.  This gives them opportunity to appeal to a much larger audience than other A Cappella groups.

They are looking forward to going to Boston Songs (BOSS) next year to learn more different aspects of A Cappella, in order to grow as a group.  This workshop event will hopefully lead them to an even brighter future than already promised.  They hope to keep as much of the work “in house” as possible.  Primarily, this means getting arrangements for songs from members within the group.  They also hope that this will eventually lead to competing in competitions, and eventually the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.  Before they get that far, they want to try out smaller competitions first.

Unfortunately, Chromachord is losing a lot of members from their small group next year.  They are looking to grow the group a bit and encourage anyone to audition.  Their next concert is Saturday, Apr. 22 at 7:30 in Torp Theater in Davidson Hall.  It promises to be a great show with incredible music. They will also be performing, as well as Fermata the Blue (another one of CCSU’s A Cappella groups), at the Beecher Condom Carnival Wednesday Apr. 19.

As of right now, the group has no official recordings on iTunes or Spotify. However, the members of Chromachord are all very interested in the possibility to recording an album or EP.  They have no solid plans set for the future, but are eagerly looking into what it will take to get something recorded for their fans. They can be found on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to check them out on YouTube.

CCSU’s Art Community Brings Attention To Global Warming

 

by Kayla Murphy

Scientist Bill McKibben once said, “We can register what is happening with satellites and scientific instruments, but we can register it in our imaginations, the most sensitive of all our devices? Art, like religion, is one of the ways we digest what is happening to us, make the sense out of it that proceeds to action.”

Until April 13, the Central Connecticut State University art gallery hosted the exhibition “Earth Fire Water Air: Elements of Climate Change.” That is open free to the public Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. Students, staff and faculty were able to enrich their minds on global warming and the current state of our environmental situation.

“How much CO2? That’s the fundamental question I want people to reflect upon,” said Elizabeth Langhorne.

Langhorne, whom retired from CCSU last June after teaching art history for over 25 years, is back again to teach an eco-art course. Her passion to create this environmental art exhibit stemmed from recent frustrations and disappoints in the government’s ability to balance economic growth and the environment.

“It’s time we got our act together,” Langhorne said, “We need to realize how hot the earth is getting and how much carbon dioxide we’re releasing.”

The art exhibit featured four sections, with pieces that appropriately highlighted each theme’s message. The earth section featured silk posters and beaded canvas anoraks, similar to what the Inuit tribes in the Artic would wear.

The fire section featured interactive videos of rising global temperatures and the diminishing bee population. The water section featured a glittery, laser paneled iceberg and recyclable boat created by CCSU students. The air section featured paintings and models of solar paneled flowers.

“I was very interested in the boat,” said senior communications major Dustin Wong. “It really stood out and at the opening reception they had a live canary in one of the bird cages, so I thought that was pretty cool.”

Using recycled plastics and other materials, Professor Ted Efremoff and his students Zach Hanna, Roland Muniz and Michelle Thomas created the Salvage Ark.

Besides the sculptures and interactive pieces, the paintings stood out to students.

“I liked the glittery highway painting,” said freshman theatre student Austin Brett. “I symbolically saw it as the cars driving into the storm they created through emissions and wasteful fossil fuels.”

Created by the artist Janet Culberston in 2009, the oil painting “Carpool” stood out to viewers in the fire section.

“We were fortunate enough to receive local and national pieces for this exhibit. We were able to obtain pieces from New Britain and Hartford to places as far as Boston, Long Island and Nebraska,” said Langhorne.

If one hasn’t seen the gallery, make sure to check out the closing reception for the exhibit on Wednesday April 12 from 4 to 7p.m. on the second floor art gallery in Maloney Hall. Enjoy free refreshments and artists discussing their work and views on the environment.

“It is possible; we can all make a difference,” said Langhorne, “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Carpool. Use less electricity. Grow wildflowers. All these little steps can help make our Mother Earth healthy and clean.”

Meet the A Cappella Society: Divisi

by Jacob Carey

Brotherhood. That is the core of Central Connecticut State University’s oldest all-male a cappella group, Divisi.

No matter what member of the group you talk to, they always bring up the brotherhood and unity of the group. To these men, Divisi is more than a singing group. It is a place to express themselves in a comfortable environment; a family.

This foundation of brotherhood is incredibly important to the group. They pride themselves on being more than just a group of singers, but a family that will never forget one another. This brotherhood is united to spread the joy and love of their mutual passion of music.

When Divisi placed second in the quarterfinals in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, the group was in total shock. They had not thought they were going to make it that far. There was a sense of surrealism for the group while they performed at the ICCA. With having hundreds, perhaps thousands of people watching them, the group was not nervous, but in awe of the experience that they are grateful to have. With their final concert in the books for this year, CCSU has to wait until the fall to see the award-winning Divisi perform again at the A Cappella Society’s Welcome Back concert.

Their spring 2017 concert was a hit. The group gave an incredible performance to a very large and enthusiastic crowd. With a surprise appearance by DANCEntral to close out the night, this concert was truly a production like no other.

Leading up to the concert, the group was excited to get on stage one more time. Their excitement was clear as they left it all on the stage; they held nothing back for the audience. For some of the members, it was the last concert they would perform on stage with Divisi.

This group is steeped in history. With each era, marked by the group’s director, they look to grow and improve. This adaptation is how the group has been able to continue for over ten years. With each passing year, the history of the group only gets richer.

Divisi has learned that, to have a successful group, they need members who are more than just good singers; each member has more to contribute which helps the group grow. For example, when recording an album, Divisi is able to keep the work in house, because they have members who can arrange music, record songs and produce the music. This impressive set-up allows for creative control to stay within the group.

Most importantly, each member fully believes in the brotherhood concept. The main foundation that the group is built on, having a group of guys who share that belief ensures that everyone will get along well — which also contributes to the group’s longevity.

This remarkable group has been around for a while, and shows no signs of leaving anytime soon. The foundation of brotherhood unites these men through the love of singing. If you are interested in auditioning to join Divisi next fall, keep an eye out for the Welcome Back Concert, where you can see them and all the other a cappella groups from CCSU perform, as well as sign up to audition. Divisi is currently in the process of recording their third studio album. Make sure to check them out on Spotify and iTunes.

Yo Soy Latina

By Kayla Murphy

“I think people should come see this show because there is a big message that I believe will inspire people. Enjoy who you are and take strength in your background,” says Simone Brown, a senior theatre student.

On Thursday April 20th at 7:30 p.m., CCSU students, staff and faculty have the opportunity to witness the free showing of “Yo Soy Latina” in Thorp Theatre in Davidson Hall. Hosted by the Women’s Center, the show is co-directed by Simone Brown and . The hour and a half long show was written by Linda Nieves Powell and has been performed on Broadway.

The cover of the play “Yo Soy Latina” by Linda Nieves Powell

“We waited awhile to receive copies of the script from Powell,” said junior social work student Demesis Negron. “We had to specifically email Powell to obtain rights for the show. She was very nice about lending the rights to us and wants to see a taping of our performance. This is the first time she is letting students and the university take charge of her show. She usually supplies other campuses with her choice of her actresses and directors.”

The show starts with an urban poet who sets the tone for the beginning of the show. The show consist of six main characters and touches upon important topics such as female empowerment, barriers, family, stereotypes and men.

“The show is very-well balanced,” said Brown, “there are parts that make you laugh, and then there are parts that are really emotional and hit home. It really makes you think.”

Brown and Negron casted the show during the fall semester and have been having rehearsal every week since January.

Negron said, “we really hope for a good turn out and support for the ladies who put in a lot of hard work to make this possible. Several years ago, CCSU performed this show, and I think we recent events happening, it’s time for CCSU to see once again what Latinas are about. It’s a really strong piece that I feel like everyone will enjoy.”

Having worked with the Women’s Center before when they sponsored her domestic-violence piece “Is That Love”, Brown hopes she can make all the staff and students at the Women’s Center proud.

“I really want to take advantage of these last few weeks we have. I want it to be just as good as Ms. Powell wrote it” said Brown.

The doors to the show open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Make sure to bring a friend or two to this empowering piece performed by fellow CCSU students.

RECentral’s Insanity Workout

by Sophia Contreras

On Wednesday night, students were hot and sweaty in Kaiser Gym thanks to the Insanity Workout event hosted by RECentral. The instructor was a Central Connecticut State University alumnus, who attended three years ago and studied physical education.

The Insanity workout is said to burn up to 1,000 calories during a single 45-minute session, which, for students looking to get their spring break bodies soon, was a major appeal in attending the event.

When the Insanity warm-up began, about 100 students were present and eager to start their workout. However, by halfway into the workout, about a quarter had left. The high intensity workout was just too much for some. “My favorite part of the workout were the breaks,” said Jeffrey Flores, a criminal justice major at CCSU.

The instructor was very supportive and motivating. She offered plenty of alternatives to every movement. By the end of the workout, only the most determined participants remained. Although not all the participants finished the whole workout, everyone went home with an Insanity t-shirt to prove their accomplishment of participating in the workout.

RECentral was looking forward to hosting the Insanity workout event again. “A couple of years ago, [ReCentral] hosted the Insanity workout, we had about 400 students show up. We’re excited to host it again and are hoping for another big turn out, but with the weather conditions outside, we are unsure. We just want the students to have a fun way to stay active,” said Ken DeStefanis, director of RECentral.

Participants ranged from experienced athletes to students who wanted to get out of winter hibernation. “I’ve just started to vigorously work out because I am working on my Revenge Body inspired by Khloe Kardashian,” said Flores.

“I would recommend this workout to people who love cardio,” said sophomore Amy Brigham. When asked if she would do the workout again, she said, “I feel like I should say yes, but definitely not, it was a lot to handle at once.”

For students looking for a more vigorous workout, DeStefanis recommends the fitness classes offered by RECentral at Memorial Hall that include body boot camp, Zumba, spinning, yoga and more. The fitness class schedule can be found on RECentral’s website and paper copies are available at all gyms on campus.

RECentral hopes to host other similar events to encourage students to become more active. “We’ve been thinking about having Work Out Wednesday. We usually have programs like Insanity a few times a semester, we are hoping to have another similar event around Spring Week too, to get the students moving,” said DeStefanis.

Welcoming New President Toro

by Alonso Velasquez

Central Connecticut State University welcomed President Zulma Toro at a reception held in Alumni Hall on Jan. 19th.

CCSU faculty and students filled the tables set up in Alumni Hall to enjoy finger foods, have the opportunity to mingle with each other and meet the new president for themselves.

The ceremony was open to the public, which resulted in many in the CCSU community taking the opportunity to meet Toro.

Many in attendance spoke of their hopes and expectations for the incoming president.

Student Chris Morales hopes that the new president will “improve student retention and support Greek life.”

CCSU Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Zdzislaw Kremens explained that, being an engineer himself, he likes that Toro “is an engineer. She is very energetic. I think she will be a very good president.”

Freshman Akai Long hopes that she fosters innovation. “She said that her plan involved a new building that CCSU recently purchased. I hope she has an active presence, as the predecessor didn’t.”

“I hope most of all that she has an open door policy, and is a transparent and accessible president,” said Student Government Association (SGA) Chair of Academic Affairs Wyatt Bosworth. “This is what truly causes positive change. She came to the student government meeting yesterday and sat down with us for an hour. She met with clubs and organizations. She cares deeply about getting student input and that’s a good first sign.”

“If we have a direct line of communication between the leadership of the university and the students, then we can collaborate and move the institution to be what we need to be,” said Toro at the SGA meeting on Jan. 18th.

“Things I hope she can improve on, would be for her to maintain a good relationship with the legislature of the governor’s office, we’re facing very big budget cuts this year,” said Bosworth. “The state needs to see her be an effective, transformative president, so they can continue to invest in this institution. And I hope that she keeps a high standard for academics, and funds our student activities appropriately.”

“We are going to make the case for Central once again to see if we can somehow at least maintain the current support from the state. We will continue to advocate for Central, because we are helping the students,” said Toro during the SGA meeting, in regards to the university budget.

Student Jose Diaz said Toro could help the Latino community. “At CCSU, there is a lot that can be done. So I think the expectation is to help the immigrant community and having more resources and being open to talking with students.”

CCSU Latin American Student Organization (LASO) co-director Awilda Reasco said, “I would like the support of Dr. Toro to enhance our diversity, because CCSU is in the backyard of Hartford and New Britain and we have so many talented young students of color, Latino, African American, low income students that we need to reach out, by giving access to them.”

The gala was part of a string of events intended to help Toro learn more about the CCSU community. The day prior to the event, she spoke for an hour to the SGA, and LASO also hosted an event for her.
Toro is CCSU’s 13th president, succeeding Dr. Jack Miller, and officially started her term on Jan. 3rd.

Central Celebrates Homecoming Week With Annual Fall Carnival

by Kayla Murphy

Students across Central Connecticut State University gathered in the Student Center Circle from 12-4 p.m. for the annual Fall Carnival on Wednesday Oct. 12. Hosted by CAN, the Fall Carnival is an opportunity for students to come together and celebrate the week of Homecoming.

The area was crowded with hundreds of students dancing to songs by Drake and Flo Rida. Others were munching away on cotton candy and fried dough.

Senior student Sakriah Epps helped out at the Fall Carnival for a second year in a row. Epps said  the highlight of the carnival was the free t-shirts and bags.

“We only had about 50 shirts,” said Epps. “They sold out so quickly.”

Epps also said CAN planned to give out more free shirts at the pep rally held on Friday in Kaiser Hall from 7-9 p.m.

In order to obtain free shirts, students had to participate in different games and activities, such as Frog Flippers, Pirate Plunder and Strike Zone Bowling.

After completing each activity, students were given stamps on the back of their hands. Once they collected a certain amount of stamps, they were given a free shirt.

Andrea Cuartas, a Political Science major, said she had just missed out getting a free t-shirt, but was able to get a free bag.

“I went with a group of my friends to the carnival” said Cuartas. “The music was really good, but it got really crowded, especially people waiting in the lines for food.”

Junior student Matt Keborkin, who helped with WFCS Radio, said the event was jammed pack with buzz and excitement.

“CAN needed DJ’s to help with this event, and I’ve never done a live event before. So I was really up for the challenge and it was something new to do. I was really happy that the crowd seemed to like what I was playing,” he said.

Other than WFCS Radio, the Habit for Humanity and the Student Veterans Organization also promoted their clubs and presented activities for students to do.

Criminology major Nick Faniola, offered his assistance with the Student Veterans Organization. It was his first time helping out at the carnival. Having served in the Marine Corps for four years, Faniola was happy to help educate students about the 22-A-Day Challenge.

“The 22-A-Day Challenge is a push up challenge,” said Faniola. “Everyday 22 veterans commit suicide. By promoting the push up challenge, we are trying to raise awareness to Central students. We even had students write warm wishes on these giant posters for veterans going through a hard time.”

The carnival was a success in the mind of senior student Sakriah Epps.

“It was a perfect day for the carnival,” said Epps as she cleaned up around her gaming station. “A lot of kids were able to come hangout a bit in between classes and I’m glad students were willing to participate. I think this weekend is going to be a lot of fun with Family Day and Homecoming.”

Torpe Theater Celebrates Italian Culture Month with ‘A Touch of Sinatra’

 

by Kaitlin Lyle

Sitting in the audience of Torp Theater last Sunday afternoon, members of the Central Connecticut community enjoyed an enriching musical experience in observing “A Touch of Sinatra,” a show dedicated to presenting the life and music of Frank Sinatra and his companions in the music business.

Presented by the Italian Resource Center in cooperation with the Elihu Burritt Library, the occasion on October 16, 2016, was made possible through the suggestion of Dr. Maria Passaro of the CCSU Department of Modern Languages, who had seen “A Touch of Sinatra” at a library event over the summer. The performance took place at 3 p.m. in Davison Hall’s Torp Theatre and gathered a crowd of Sinatra enthusiasts. Following an introduction by Dr. Passaro and Dr. Carl Antonucci, Director of Library Services, the show commenced with Joe Gilligan narrating the well-loved singer’s story and Donnie Fararro providing musical talent from Sinatra’s broad music career.

“We’re going to show the good and the bad, the people he loved and the people who loved him, and his enemies,” said Gilligan at the start of their performance. “We’re going to do a bit of everything.” With that brief foreword, the duo brought the audience back in time to Sinatra’s early days, beginning with his birth on December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey. As the audience began to settle into the ambiance that Gilligan and Fararro designed to tell Sinatra’s story, the theater was soon echoing with the familiar songs of the late artist, beginning with Fararro’s delivery of “New York, New York.”

With each account of the notable moments in Sinatra’s life, the theater lights would illuminate both the stage and the audience, subsequently lowering as the stories gave way to melody. In combining the words of his story with the lyrics of his music, the performers incorporated specific works that aptly depicted the trials and tribulations in Sinatra’s life: from his divorce from first wife Nancy Barbato (“All the Way”) to the moment of his first big break in 1939 (“Fly Me to the Moon”). With each celebrated song, the audience was enraptured as Fararro crooned the lyrics in the familiar style of the late artist. Along with their celebration of Sinatra through Fararro’s musical renditions, it was through Gilligan’s narration that the audience received an education of little-known details in Sinatra’s personal life, including the unfortunate eardrum injury he underwent at birth.

Between the anecdotes and the musical performances, Gilligan and Fararro shared a few jokes from their experiences that had members of the audience chuckling in their seats. However, their routine onstage was not entirely limited to narrating the life and music of Frank Sinatra, but also included the individual stories of Sinatra’s acquaintances during his music career, such as Perry Como, Johnnie Ray, and Dean Martin. In their renditions of Dean Martin’s melodies, the duo encouraged the audience to join them in singing the lyrics, succeeding as the crowd began singing “That’s Amore” with gusto. Yet it was during the grand finale – in which Fararro and Gilligan dedicated the song “My Way” to the memory of Sinatra’s beloved mother Dolly – that the audience members, regardless of age, joined in singing along with the popular ballad before replacing their singing with a standing ovation for the talent onstage.

Following the performances by Gilligan and Farrarro, there was an intermission outside of the theater that served Italian-style refreshments before the Italian film “Stanno Tutti Bene,” (Everybody is Fine) commenced.

Among the audience was Professor Gil Gigliotti of the English Department who was present along with the Western Culture II course that he co-teaches with Professor David Blitz of the Philosophy Department. Around the campus of CCSU Professor Gigliotti is especially known for his avid interest in the life of Frank Sinatra, as was referenced by Dr. Passaro in her introduction. As a professor in the English Department, he has taught several courses on Frank Sinatra throughout his time at CCSU, including a course abroad entitled “The London Sinatra(s)” during the winter semester of 2015. In addition, Professor Gigliotti has written two books that incorporate the musician’s life story, “Sinatra: But Buddy I’m a Kind of Poem” in 2008 and “A Storied Singer: Frank Sinatra as Literary Conceit” in 2002, both of which can be found at the CCSU library. Since December of 1993, he has hosted a radio program entitled “Frank, Gil, and Friends” on Tuesdays from 8 to 10 a.m. in affiliation with the CCSU Radio Station 107.7 WFCS, where Gigliotti is also the faculty advisor. At the heart of the professor’s time on the air is the music of Sinatra, from his contemporaries to the music that Sinatra inspired in today’s genres.

As a whole, Gigliotti remarked that he admires the late singer’s persistence and hard work throughout his music career. “He started off as a hit among young teenage girls and his career should have ended shortly thereafter, but for any number of reasons, he managed to come back and he stayed on top for the rest of his life.” said Gigliotti. With regards to “A Touch of Sinatra,” Gigliotti stated that he hoped that his students would be able to observe the performance with a critical eye, given the knowledge they attained over the past two months. “I’m not looking for them to take away anything specific as much as hearing someone else tell the story and perform the music,” said Gigliotti.

Needless to say, those who attended the performance in Torpe Theater this past weekend were treated to a well-rounded cultural event that celebrated the lives of notable Italian musicians as well as the music that has bonded their impact throughout generations.

Registering to Vote

by Devin Leith-Yessian

Sitting behind a stack of 500 forms, the president of the CCSU Democrats called out to passing students, asking them if they are registered to vote.

­­­­“I don’t believe in that stuff,” responded one student, who briskly walked away.

He wasn’t alone in that sentiment.

At the end of the day, around 480 registration forms were left blank.

“It is discouraging to hear people say that their vote doesn’t count,” said president Wyatt Bosworth.

Before the 2012 election, Democrats passed a law allowing same day voter registration and online registration. This allows unregistered voters to register to vote at their polling place and cast their vote in one trip.

In New York, which lacks same day registration, the deadline is 25 days before the election. That date occurred on Oct. 14 this year.

When Bosworth and his fellow CCSU Democrats were planning the push to get people registered as they walked through the Student Center, he admitted that the 500 person goal was “aggressive.” Nonetheless, he seemed disappointed at the lack of interest, and sometimes opposition, to getting registered.

“My vote doesn’t matter. A lot of people said that at the table. They think the government is corrupt, which they’re not wrong,” said Secretary of the CCSU Democrats Kristina Carvalho. “They feel as though they don’t have as strong as a voice as people say they do.”

One student who did stop at the table was Kaila Robinson. While she was already registered, she needed to change her address. This  meant she had to fill out another registration form. She wasn’t particularly excited about Clinton, and she said that it came down to “whatever I have to do” to stop Trump.

Adam Offutt found himself in a similar situation to Robinson.

He was also changing his address to CCSU. He said that he doesn’t hear many people his age discussing politics or their intention to vote. His age group has the lowest voting turnout of any, although he did not know why.

What Offutt and other students seemed to agree on the dissatisfaction with the candidates they had to choose from.

Standing in sharp contrast to Offutt and Robinson’s political orientation was Brandon, who preferred to not give his last name.

He identified himself as a Republican and was wearing a jacket adorned with a Confederate flag. He said that he would have voted for Ted Cruz in the primary if an error had not occurred during registration. This error marked him as an Independent, which made him ineligible to vote.

A sentiment he shares with Robinson and Offutt is that he is “not at all” happy with the candidates who came out of the primaries.

While Trump might not have been his first choice, Brandon still believes he is the clear choice among the candidates in the race. He is concerned that the current gridlock will continue without presidential and congressional majority from the same party. Brandon also believes that the economy, which he described as just beginning to “skyrocket,” would suffer with Clinton as president.

Regardless of the difference of political opinion, Bosworth asked Brandon if he was registered. After a cordial conversation regarding the candidates, Brandon left, leaving Bosworth continuing to find more students.

Despite only registering a few students, Carvalho was still optimistic about the work that was accomplished.

“I would’ve liked to have seen more people, but the people we did ask were already registered, so that was refreshing,” she said. “Not all of them, but a good amount.” Trailing off from laughter she wondered aloud, “But will they vote?”