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FDU Official Anticipates Most Intense 'Election Knight Watch' Yet

FDU Director of Student Life Jessica O'Brien expects an intense election night this year on campus.
FDU Director of Student Life Jessica O'Brien expects an intense election night this year on campus. Photo Credit: FDU.edu

TEANECK, N.J. — Fairleigh Dickinson University staff and faculty anticipate an intense night for its regularly held "Election Knight Watch."

The event is open to all FDU students, faculty and staff, but some students have chosen to go home for the evening to avoid tension on campus.

"The climate is mirroring a lot of things that we're seeing in the media and social media whether the source is mainstream media or alternative media," Director of Student Life Jessica O'Brien said.

According to Political Science Professor Samuel Raphalides, many students have expressed support for democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Others have shown interest in republican nominee Donald Trump or third-party candidates.

The event will include a map of each state's results, updated live throughout the night. Attendees can also watch live streams of mainstream and alternative outlets covering the election. The faculty will promote discussion between attendees through interactive student/faculty dialogs relating to specific issues and candidate platforms.

Leading up to the event, FDU has supplied voter registration access for students and previously held events for each of the three presidential debates.

Campus staff expect a larger turnout for this year's Election Knight Watch based on the increase of students that took interest in previous election events. However, the exhaustive coverage of this year's election may keep some students from showing up.

"I think a lot of people are expressing disinterest and they're just sick of [the election]," O'Brien said.

Election Knight Watch begins on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. in the Student Union Building and will continue until results are finalized later in the evening.

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