Phi Beta Sigma hosts presidential viewing party

Joshua Yu | The Signal
Students celebrate the President's reelection outside of the commons.

Georgia State students gathered around The Courtyard to watch the 2012 Election at The Viewing Party held by the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.

From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m, students waited for the results as electoral votes came in- worried and irritated expressions were worn on the faces in the crowd.

“This cannot happen,” yelled one student while another student said, “I’m scared.”

The majority of the students stood up and clapped as Barack Obama won electoral votes. However, for Mitt Romney’s results the students would sit and yell out “Booooo.”

The event had their own ballets to see how they compared to the rest of the nation. Obama, Romney, and Johnson were listed. When the results came in, Obama won with 90 percent, Romney 6 percent, and Johnson 4 percent.

Students that were voting for Romney were shocked when electoral votes were coming in and said, “Are you kidding me?”

Marketing major Iris Cummings observed the various reactions from the crowd.

“There is nobody here for Romney and whenever his name comes up they booed. I was like ‘Oh no,” she said.

Journalism major Anquavious Grant expressed how he would feel if his candidate did not win.

“If he doesn’t win, I may cry.”

The event did not have a time for students to speak about why the election was important to them as planned. However, president of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Marcus Kernizan gave an explanation.

“The organizers decided to cancel that portion because the students felt that there would be too many distractions,” said Kernizan.

The audience was not able to see the results because The Student Center closed at 11 p.m.