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Energy rocks McCormick Place

called Iowa for Obama the crowd was unstoppable. The energy engulfed McCormick Place, and it was almost as if a sigh of relief went through the hall. The crowd knew the election might go their way. Ohio was soon after projected to be Obama’s state and the call was made: Barack Obama was the projected winner. Obama supporters of all ages filtered in dancing, chanting “four more years,” smiling and stopping for quick interviews with reporters. Patricia Butler, an attendee, was overjoyed upon hearing the results. “It had been so close, but we made it so it is just wonderful, and we are just so overjoyed,” said Butler. “It’s more exciting (than 2008) because we’ve come so far, AP PHOTO and we’ve come too far to go back. President Barack Obama waves as he walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and We’ve got the victory and we’re daughters Malia and Sasha at his election night party Wednesday. moving forward.” The energy was attend. To receive a ticket, guests throughout his time as president. insurmountable; the supporters that By COURTNEY JACQUIN had to volunteer for the Obama After a video was played of fought so hard to re-elect Obama Arts & Life Editor campaign. CNN provided their President Obama singing Al saw their hard work received by live coverage on the giant screens Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” the the country. They sang along with Spirits were high at for attendees and media. crowd followed with sing-a-long. Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” The McCormick Place, Tuesday night, Supporters began filing into the As West Coast polling Four Seasons’ “December, 1963 for President Obama’s election auditorium around 7 p.m., ready locations began to close, the energy (Oh, What a Night),” and other night rally. for a long night ahead. When polls reached a new high. California and songs that reflected the jubilant Tens of thousands of guests closed in each time zone the crowd Washington were called as blue mood sweeping the crowd. filled the floor in anticipation for lead countdowns and cheered as states, and the crowd bellowed; Benjamin Watson, 76, never Obama’s victory speech at the projections were made. California’s 55 electoral votes thought he’d see Obama elected end of the evening, waiting with Between election live bolstered Obama’s results. for a second term. supporters young and old. Different coverage, the campaign played Wolf Blitzer’s CNN broadcast “I was born and raised in than Obama’s 2008 Grant Park videos that included famous started cutting in more frequently the backwoods of Arkansas. My rally, attendees needed a ticket to video clips and images of Obama as states were called, and when he parents couldn’t even vote,” said

Watson. “This is better (than 2008) because I never though this would repeat – I never though he would get elected again with all of the bad things they were saying about him.” Crowd spirits remained high for about an hour, but as the time progressed and a concession from Romney was yet to be heard, momentum faltered. Paramedics were rushed in multiple times to take attendees who required medical attention. Videos continued to play with clips of Obama’s campaign speeches and music kept the spirits high. Bruce Springsteen’s “We Take Care of Our Own” was played at least three times throughout the night. After hours of waiting, crowd spirits were revived when Obama and family took to the stage around 12:30 a.m central time. “I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love,” said Obama as the crowd slowly came to a roar in support of his words. “It doesn't matter whether you're black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you're willing to try.” Supporters left McCormick Place with Obama’s promise for the next four years.

Women's vote an important factor

By AMANDA BOLEMAN Contributing Writer

With controversies stemming from Republican comments on “legitimate” and “God-intended” rape along with unclear answers on GOP support for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the 2012 election often seemed to transport us back to the 1950s when women still served as second-class citizens. Despite not making the list of voter’s top 10 concerns, women’s issues — especially in regards to reproductive rights and health — took center stage throughout the head-to-head race between re-elected President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. And Obama came out on top winning by an 18 point gender gap. Last year began a fight over defunding Planned Parenthood that nearly shut down the federal government, firing up focus on women’s health issues that continued to ignite with increasing numbers of female voters and scandalous rape comments adding more fuel. “Regardless of how I feel about abortion, our country has already decided how that should go — Roe v. Wade anyone?” said Katherine Price, 22, of Minneapolis. “I don't want anyone, especially over-privileged white guys,

telling me what to do with my body. Don't even get me started on ‘kinds of rape.’ I will pull my hair out.” Both candidates knew women would be crucial for this election with 7 million more women than men eligible to vote,

think it’s all okay.” “But everything is not okay,” she said. “As we’ve seen with this election, now they’ve decided they should have control over our bodies. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want anyone to

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accounting for 53 percent of the overall electorate, while 10 million more women than men showed up to the polls in 2008. “I never miss a chance to vote,” said Joyce Mangelsdorf, 52, of Bucktown. “My grandmother was a suffragist who marched for women to have the right to vote and it frightens me that women today don’t think it is necessary for them to break the glass ceiling because they

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have control over my body.” Similar sentiments were heard across the nation from men and women alike. “The Republican Party has gone too far to the right,” said Kat Keiffer, 22, of Livonia, Michigan. “The government should not be deciding what I can and cannot do with my own body. A woman's ability to make medical decisions for herself, particularly access to

abortion and birth control services, are fundamental to women's equality.” Paul DeCoursey, 35, of Minneapolis agreed. “Personally those issues played a big part in my decision this year. We are well past the time that these should still be issues.” While advocates for women’s reproductive rights appear to have won last night, striking down both Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock for Senate, many women were more focused on issues like the economy and taxes in casting their vote. “Women’s issues were at the bottom of my list; the economy is my number 1 issue,” said Nina Suvor, 22, of Shoreview, Minn. “What good is a free abortion if the country I live in owes 16 trillion?” Rita Rogala, 32, of Bucktown concurred, “I own my own business so a lot of my decisions were based on the economy. Everyone wants a better economy so I think this election was based a lot more on jobs, money and getting through life,” she said. Whether or not women’s issues played a role in your vote, there is no denying the major impact they had on the 2012 election. Now that these issues are at the forefront, the real test lies in what happens next.


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What to expect in the next four years By MATTHEW SMITH Contributing Writer President Obama emerged from the election night victorious, allowing him the opportunity to make good on his campaign promises. But before the confetti can be swept up at McCormick Place and he can start his tasks as President anew, the administration faces the bleak possibility of falling off the so-called “fiscal cliff” at the end of the year. The “fiscal cliff” is the automatic spending cuts and tax hikes that would kick in at the end of the year. The president is sure to have his hands full dealing with a still Republican-controlled House of Representatives, who he’ll need to win over in order to pass a budget to keep the economy from sliding back into recession. Not only would growth become stagnant, but also everyone could see tax increases by 2013 if a new deficit reduction plan cannot be agreed upon. The president does have a plan to face the fiscal cliff and cut the deficit, one that he remained steady on throughout his campaign. The plan calls for higher taxes for the wealthiest Americans, a reduction on U.S. war operations abroad, spending cuts to “mandatory” programs like Medicare and across-the-board spending cuts in the Federal government. His plan

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would shave $4.4 trillion from the deficit and would pay for his controversial health care act and a plan to invest in infrastructure in order to create jobs. Obama champions the socalled “Buffett Rule,” which would close loopholes in the tax code that would allow millionaires to pay a lower effective tax rate than their middle-class counterparts. Taxes on capital gains, dividends and other market-based income are still fair game, a plan that Romney fervently opposed. This plan, if implemented, would allow the government to afford the investments in education, infrastructure and health care that Obama wants, according to the President. The health care act will go into effect as planned. Romney had sworn to repeal the “Obamacare” act if elected. His defeat means the law is well on its way to full implementation in 2014, making a big impact on health care in the

United States. The law would ensure that insurance companies cannot deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, and would give tax credits to low and moderate-income families to make it easier to buy health insurance. Obama supports a plan to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan, and to generally scale down U.S. military operations abroad, at a savings of around $800 billion, according to the New York Times. Troops will withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014 as expected. Romney said that he would consult with commanders before making the withdrawal date firm, potentially drawing out the occupation. The money saved by scaling back war operations would be applied to infrastructure investment, potentially adding more jobs in manufacturing and construction. Obama pushed for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in

2010, and after initially wavering on his support for gay marriage, has spoken out in support of the Respect for Marriage Act. The act would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which effectively denied gay and lesbian marriages the same federal protections as their heterosexual counterparts. He also directed the Department of Health and Human Services to extend the same visitation rights to gay couples as to straight ones. Mr. Romney opposed such legislation and likely would have sought to repeal the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay act, which aimed to reduce pay discrimination in the workplace. Romney would have repealed Obama’s DREAM Act if he had been elected, an act which makes it easier for law-abiding illegal immigrants to remain in the country and pave their way to citizenship. An interesting topic to watch during Obama’s term will be the federal reaction to the just-

passed legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state, since his Justice Department has cracked down on medical marijuana dispensaries in California and Colorado, some say worse than the Bush administration had. Obama also seeks to fight the rising cost of college tuition and has already expanded the Pell Grant program in an effort to make college more attainable for low-income students. With the election now over and America still hung over from political strife, the Obama administration has to act quickly to show they’ve got a handle on the still-sluggish economy. The president's administration was able to save the U.S. from another depression, but the country isn’t out of the woods yet. They have a lot of work left to do in order to convince the country that his second term was deserved.

On the air: How the major networks covered the election By HANNA GUERRERO Contributing Writer After what felt like many endless months of news cycles on election coverage, the day finally arrived for all of the news anchors to put their election skills to the test. After many projection polls and predictions, the real results were laid down. The three main networks — Fox News, MSNBC and CNN — rolled out all the high tech technology for hours and hours of calculated analysis and exit poll results on digital maps. The election coverage started early for news networks, at 11a.m. it was reported by the New York Times that representatives from five TV networks and the Associated Press would head into the “quarantine room” in an undisclosed location with no cell phone or internet access to gather exit poll data provided by Edison Research. Starting at 5p.m., the news networks with exit poll data in hand, could touch on general voter trends on topics like the economy, foreign policy and education. They could not however, use the exit poll data to start predicting the results of the election in a particular state until the polls closed. This election had more at stake. It came down to a very tight race and news reporters expected to have a long night. Given the increase in social media like Twitter, news reporters made sure not

to make too early of a call on polls in each state to avoid mistakes and misleading viewers. CNN reported Twitter having 41,000 election related teams per minute. A hot topic on twitter was ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer who throughout the night slurred her speech, had trouble pronouncing the President’s name, and seems a little too over enthusiastic about the election results. Many speculated that she was drunk or had taken too many pills. Early this morning she tweeted that she had seen the tweets, “the good, bad and the funny”, she said. All of the major news networks pulled out all the stops to make the election flashy and engaging for viewers. On CNN, they made the most use of their interactive maps, digging into state’s counties determining which ones to watch all the while having the exit polls tally up. CNN used the Empire State Building in New York City, NY, to display election results as the votes came in the building lit up in red and blue. Fox News had a multi-feed multimedia “launchpad” which was a big board featuring an interactive map similar to the one’s featured on CNN. NBC turned the Rockefeller Center into “Democracy Plaza” where the skating rink had a map of the U.S. and as the results came in the states turned their respective color for the winning candidate. DePaul student Zaineb Javaid decided to watch the election unfold on online news sites

instead of on television. “On live television you’re more prone to make mistakes. Online, you have more time to give the right information,” said Javaid. Although, the online news sites like The Huffington Post, the New York Times and CNN. com weren’t always on the same page. At one point, Javaid saw that all three sites were reporting different electoral scores. The news coverage seemed intent on covering every aspect of the election as they awaited the end of each hour for the polls to close. On MSNBC, Al Sharpton, Rachel Maddow and Ed O’Neil talked to many members of the Obama and Romney camp. Fox spoke to both campaign members as well and many conservative pundits like Karl Rove, who contested that Ohio could go to Romney and that could win him the election, since a Republican president hasn’t won an election without Ohio. Aside from keeping a close eye on the votes, the manner in which the votes were cast was another big story. Reports of long lines even after the polls closed, Racine, Wis., running out of ballots, and issues with election judges caused problems. A bit after 10 p.m., Obama clinched the important key battleground state of Ohio and was able to win re-election 274 electoral votes to Romney’s 203. On Wednesday after all of the

votes were counted, it was reported Obama won 303 electoral votes and Romney won 206. As the night progressed, over at Fox News known for leaning to the right, the atmosphere turned bleak. Once Obama’s re-election became imminent, Megyn Kelly announced that it was a close race discussing on the nation was split and republicans thought it was the right time to take over. She said the Obama campaign ran an aggressive campaign early on and that’s how they were able to win. The current economy didn’t help Obama, she said. Over at MSNBC, known to lean to the left, there was celebration. Rachel Maddow indicated that this was an important election that proved to be a campaign of definition. She said that Romney wasn’t able to set clear values or sides, whereas Obama has early on identified himself with middle class voters. DePaul student JoDelle Maglaya watched the victory of Obama on MSNBC. “I think they did a good job of getting the reactions of people there,” she said. The clear cutaway to shots of joyous celebration in Chicago and a disappointed crowd in Boston to closed the final moments of the 2012 election news cycle.


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Political advertisements unavoidable pre-election By JILL MISKEVICS Contributing Writer If you turned on your television, tuned into your favorite radio station or visited popular websites such as YouTube or Pandora before Election Day came and went, you most likely encountered at least one political advertisement. Just as companies ensure strategic advertisement placement, so do political figures. Their goals are the same: to be seen and processed by people with popular interests. Some political advertisements are a direct result of a candidate’s campaign. Usually, in these cases, the advertisement will conclude with the candidate stating his or her name followed by “and I support this message.” An example of this type of political advertisement was, “Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: Back to the Failed Top-Down Policies.” This advertisement attacked Paul Ryan’s plans for entitlement programs and the budget. Before anything was even said in this ad, clearly printed at the bottom of the screen was, “Paul Ryan is the mastermind behind the GOP budget plan.” Subsequently, Mitt Romney declared that he adopted Ryan’s plan and supported the plan completely. The commercial took a dramatic turn after posing the question, “But what does that budget mean for America?” The rest of the advertisement strived to answer that question by explaining how the plan would have hurt seniors, middle-class families and students. The closing statement was printed rather than spoken, “Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: Back to the failed top-down policies

that crashed our economy.” A bit extreme? That was for the public to decide. Another example of a controversial political ad from a political campaign group was “Be Not Afraid” from the Romney campaign The campaign was sure to include footage of Romney meeting with Lech Walesa in Poland. The beginning of the commercial asked “Who shares your values?” The very next statement was, “Obama’s insurance decision declares war on religion.” The ad mentioned that Obama forces religious institutions to act out against their faith, but did not say how. Strong accusations are just another pawn in the game of dirty politics. Something else to be aware of when judging political advertisements is the source. Another common source for campaign commercials are Political Action Committees, or PACs. PACs adopt

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a candidate or a cause and then campaign heavily. Priorities USA Action is a PAC with strong support of Obama. In the campaign commercial “Understands” a steel worker was featured who was laid off from Bain Capital, the company that Mitt Romney co-founded. According to the Wall Street Journal, this advertisement had over 725,000 views by the end of the week that it first aired. By the end of the election, the ad had nearly 1.5 million views. Joe Soptic, featured in the video, made statements in the ad that lead viewers to believe that the loss of his job and health insurance might be to blame for his wife’s death from cancer years later. In a later interview, he said that he did not blame Romney for her death. At the middle point of the ad, GST Steel plant was shown. This plant was purchased by Bain Capital in 1993 and

closed down in 2001. According to the Romney campaign, Romney departed Bain in 1999 and played no role in the decision to close the plant. In the local 8th District congressional race, challenger Tammy Duckworth and incumbent Joe Walsh had been battling each other through their campaign commercials. The vicious election had included everything from Walsh accusing Duckworth of playing the war-veteran pitycard, Duckworth calling Walsh a “deadbeat dad,” and rebuttals from both sides. As Walsh attempted to show the public that he is not a “deadbeat dad,” he pulled what may seem like a desperate plea for the public’s sympathy, by bringing his son into the political war. In this ad, Joey Walsh supported his father and claimed that any child support issues between Walsh and his ex-wife had been resolved. The missing information in this strategic rebuttal was Walsh’s explanation for falling more than $100,000 behind in his child support payments in the first place. Duckworth highlighted this information in one of her television commercials, exposing this as one of the major skeletons in Walsh’s closet. The majority of political advertisements, whether campaigns or PACs sponsor them, focus on attacking the other candidates in a given political race. Where were the commercials that explained a candidate’s position on an issue? They existed, but they were not as prevalent. If you struggled to sit through campaign commercials or cannot stand the vicious messages that were being conveyed, do not fret; the election is over. Now onto the next batch of persuasive, repetitive advertisements: Christmas commercials.

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By KIERSTEN SINKO Focus Editor As soon as CNN announced the re-election of President Barack Obama, senior Tyler Moroles immediately stood on his chair in the Lincoln Park Student Center, cheering and chanting, “four more years.” Students around him at the first floor atrium exchanged hugs and high-fives, celebrating the next four years that Obama will be in office. “I’m excited to see what he will do in his next four years,”

said senior Finance major Megan Walters. “I feel like he will be more aggressive because he won’t have the fear of being re-elected, so he’ll be able to come through on more of his promises that he made on his first campaign.” For Moroles, a political science major, Obama’s re-election is a positive sign for the global economy. “Now our debt crisis can be dealt with in a more sane and safe fashion,” said Moroles. “I think a lot of people didn’t really understand how much was at stake.” But students were well aware

of the pressure as they waited patiently for hours watching CNN’s coverage of the election in the Student Center. Students kept track of the states electoral decision by marking blank maps of the United States with blue and red markers. “This is really stressful, I think I’m having a heart attack,” said freshman Laura Springman, as she marked yet another state red on her map. Since 3 p.m. Tuesday, the Student Government Association and the Office of Student Involvement hosted an election viewing party at the first floor

atrium for students to sit, do homework, eat dinner, watch the election, and even enjoy a piece of cake. Tables and chairs were supplied for students to sit and watch. Other students walking through the Student Center either stopped to watch the coverage or stood at the second floor of the atrium to get a better view. A chart, supplied by the SGA and the OSI, was displayed at the top of the atrium and marked the race to the 270 mark. “We wanted students to watch the votes as they came in, and to recognize those students

that actually voted,” said junior Brandon Davis, advertising major and SGA treasurer. “This gives students the opportunity to listen to what they voted for and how it can be really exciting.” But as soon as those numbers came in and Obama hit the 270 mark, students cheered while a few supporters of Gov. Mitt Romney groaned for his loss. Moroles walked around to students high-fiving and continuing to chant “four more years.” “This is definitely going to be a good time for Obama all around,” said Moroles.

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Students in the Loop get their vote in that she was expected to vote for. “I really only knew about the primary candidates for the presidential election,” said Harris. “Voting was a little scary at first, I wasn’t familiar with what the ballot After having nightmares of standing in looked like.” long lines waiting to vote, Brianna Harris However, senior computer science woke up early Tuesday morning to cast her major Joe Weber felt the opposite towards vote before beginning her long commute to his vote. His primary reason for voting was DePaul from the Northwest suburbs. The to make sure his voice is heard towards the last thing she wanted was to stand in a long local candidate election. line and miss her Even Peter class downtown. Buhrkey, a freshman When Harris, a finance major, was freshman business excited to voice his management major, opinion at 7:45 a.m. finally arrived in DuPage County downtown, the before heading to Office of Student class. Involvement “It’s finally greeted her as they nice to tell the handed out free government what I buttons and stickers think,” said Buhrkey. to student voters. On the Election “Of course I Day, the OSI made want a free sticker,” sure that students said Harris as she who voted were approached the recognized by table. “My voice handing out stickers has finally been and buttons in the heard!” DePaul Center, For being a for KIERSTEN SINKO | The DePaulia especially first time voter, the students who cast experience of voting caught Harris by an absentee ballot. OSI even handed out surprise. When she arrived at the polls buttons that encouraged other students to early that morning, she was amazed at how vote, which read, “If you do nothing you little she knew about the local candidates change nothing.” By KIERSTEN SINKO Focus Editor

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Students pick up buttons and stickers at the Loop Campus provided by the Office of Student Involvement. Handing out stickers and buttons is not the only activity the OSI has done to get students involved with the election around campus. The OSI hosted a series of events called DePaul Votes, which included seeing the movie “The Campaign,” and hosting parties during the presidential debates. “Basically, this is our way to create opportunities for students to come together and take part in the election,” said Tanya Vandermoon, 27, the Program Coordinator for campus activities. “These are for the

students to become active, educated voters. The events are a way for students to take time to learn about the election.” On the other hand, junior Kirk Fields is less concerned about the results of the election and more about the success of his country. “We are definitely the greatest country on the earth,” said Fields. “No matter the result, I still think this country will be the best four years from now.”

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OH, WHAT A NIGHT Obama signage in the hallway leading to the main room at the rally Tuesday night at McCormick Place.

CLOCKWISE, FROM ABOVE: Crowd awaits Obama’s victory speech, Excited guests file into McCormick Place after Obama is projected the election winner, Obama supporter dances her way into the rally on the news of his victory.


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CLOCKWISE, FROM RIGHT: A boy reaches for a waterbottle being handed out by workers, Guest photographs her walk into the rally, photographing cheering supporters, Supporters waive American flags in the bleachers in anticipation of Obama’s appearance on stage.

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ABOVE: Chants of “four more years” erupted as Obama is projected the winner. LEFT: Flag above McCormick Place.


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Latino election 2012

Ward possessed the lowest figure of registrations of any ward in Chicago while the 22nd Ward ranked third with 14,961 registered voters. President Barack Obama claimed a Some attribute this to a sentiment second term in the White House, Tuesday, of voter apathy among some Latino and a number of Chicago Latinos let out a residents in Chicago. According to the sigh of relief. Chicago Sun-Times, although Hispanics “He deserves a second term because lean towards the Democrats almost three it will take another four years to fix this to one, a number of them also harness a economic mess,” said Rosmary Sierra, a disappointment in what President Obama member of the Pilsen failed to accomplish in Alliance. the last four years. As 2nd and 7th “You will not precinct voters slowly necessarily hear anyone gathered to cast in Pilsen cry out in favor their votes Tuesday of Romney, but there morning, some hoped is not the same level for a considerable of excitement as there Latino voter turnout. was for Obama back “I have personally in 2008,” said Nelson knocked on Hispanic Soza, executive director residents’ doors in of the Pilsen Alliance. order to encourage “Many Hispanics are voting, but I am somewhat disheartened There is still a lot waiting for it to pick that he didn’t follow of work to be done up even more as the through on some of his in order to turn this promises, but we are day progresses,” said country around." Julia Morales, 51-yearjust hoping that these old poll worker who next four years will ROBERTO TANON change for the better.” has volunteered her time during election In the Humboldt seasons over the last 16 years. Park area, several Latino voters stated In Chicago, however, Latino that important issues like the need for participation tends to lag. Wards with access to jobs and a better economy high Latino populations frequently influenced their decision-making process. have around the lowest voter turnouts. Education, health care and immigration Immigrant Connect Chicago, an online reform also ranked high among topics collaboration network, revealed that that some felt needed a continued effort the predominantly Hispanic 12th from the White House so as to improve By KELLY GONZÁLEZ FLORES Contributing Writer

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ABOVE: A mexican resident stands a few blocks away from the Chicago Public Library polling location dressed in election inspired attire. BELOW: The Executive Director of the Pilsen Alliance, Nelson Soza, stands in front of the organization's building located at 1831 S. Racine St. the situation in the United States. “There is still a lot of work to be done in order to turn this country around,” said Roberto Tanon, owner of La Bruquena Restaurant located on Division Street. “It is not going to be easy, but somebody has got to do it.” Tanon revealed that he wishes the next four years will provide some glimmer of hope for Latinos not only in Chicago, but all over the nation. Still, he said, “It may sound cliché, but only time will tell what the future has in store for us.”


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High energy at Thompson Center rally By OLIVIA MURRAY & COURTNEY LEY Contributing Writer The Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., was the cold and colorful place to be Tuesday night, with hundreds of Chicago Obama supporters cheering while holding umbrellas and coffee, watching the poll results come in on a massive CNN feed — the largest in the city. While the official Obama re-election rally was going on at McCormick Place, the Thompson Center plaza held its own with throngs of Obama supporters. And while Obama supporters outside the White House were climbing trees Tuesday, those outside the Thompson Center were jumping for joy … literally. Many campaign volunteers who worked all the way up to Election Day were present at President Obama’s formal election night rally at McCormick Place. But others made their way to the James R. Thompson Center in the heart of downtown. Rikki Patel, a consultant in Chicago, was at Thompson Center to watch the results come in. She commutes between Chicago and North Carolina, working Monday through Thursday in the

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LEFT: People pass by the Thompson Center at the end of the work day, around 4 p.m., to watch live election coverage from CNN. Throughout the evening the crowd grew larger as the polls closed. RIGHT: A man sells Obama pins outside of the Thompson Center. city before heading back to North Carolina Friday. She had voted Saturday in North Carolina before coming back to Chicago. “Its such a big night… I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else but here ... I’m committed,” she said. Though it was the only organized event available to the general public, due to limited

attendance at McCormick, it remained occupied by die-hard Obama supporters throughout the night. Some even dated back to the unforgettable mood in Grant Park four years ago. “I remember the strong, universal belief in the crowd that night that this was the ushering in of change,” said 22-year-old

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David Marc. “And I can feel it Planned Parenthood federal here tonight too.” funding. People gathered with fellow Three students from Illinois citizens to wait for the election State University made it to the results. Cold rain did not interfere Thompson Center. Cassandra with the mood, as the crowd grew Buchignani, Shauna Ubersox, larger as the night went on and and Graziel Zagfar wanted more results came in. to participate in Obama “I’m here because I’m an campaigning, but couldn’t find American,” said Chicago resident much in their Chicago suburbs. and Morocco-born Abdel Homi. Realizing they were unable to “I’m hopeful for Obama. I really get into McCormick Place last don’t want to see any new wars.” minute, they decided to come “I worry about my daughters, down to the Thompson Center to abortion rights and education,” participate in a Chicago rally. said Thompson attendee Al “I honestly don’t think that Lopez of Gov. Romney. “I’m Romney has our best interest at here to see Obama win.” heart whatsoever… that he has Abdel, Lopez, and many no idea what he is doing and is others present in the Thompson parodying the Republican party plaza last night have had their line,” said Shauna Ubersox. hope that Barack Obama is reZagfar, a second generation elected President for four more American, said “I come from an years fulfilled. immigrant family and I don’t And MoveOn members think Romney has anybody but like Janice white men in his Humphrey, who favor.” volunteered and When asked worked as part why she voted of the Obama for Obama, I'm here because “Get Out the Cassandra I'm an American. Buchignani said, Vote” team all I'm helpful for the way up to “Obama needs Obama, I really the election, another four don't want to see can rest assured years to redeem any new wars their work paid himself.” off. As the night ABDEL HOMI R o b i n progressed and Johnson, a CNN announced finance director states going for for an Ohio Obama, the non-profit stood back away crowds cheered loudly, jumped from the crowds. She voted up and down, and waived small in Ohio and then made the o-shaped Obama campaign trek to Chicago for the rally. balloons. When asked what was most And when results for concerning to her about the contested states such as election, Johnson said “Human Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida rights, both international and started to trickle in, the cheering nationally, specifically female and yelling grew louder, drawing human rights.” passersby to join in from the Nationally, women’s rights streets. have been a contested issue The Thompson Center was as many divisive comments a large hearty group, bearing and policies were made by the cold and cheering with Republican candidates, such every small moment of victory, as Todd Akin’s comment fully representing Obama’s about “legitimate rape,” and constituency as he pulled out the Gov. Romney’s position to cut win.


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Democrats take back 10th District By WENDY ROSEN Contributing Writer

In a stunning finish, Democratic challenger Brad Schneider won the North Shore 10th Congressional District, narrowly defeating first-term Republican Rep. Robert Dold. Political newcomer Schneider, 51, won by 2,547 votes with all but two Cook County precincts reporting. He is the first Democrat to win the 10th District in more than 30 years. This was one of the most closely watched congressional races in the country with Dold, 43, sitting in the most Democratic district currently held by a Republican, according to The Washington Post. The voter turnout was high, according to Jeff Cohen, 44, a precinct captain in Highland Park. “There were lines down the hallway at 6 a.m. and it did not let up until 3 p.m.,” said Cohen. “People had passion and conviction much more than normal.” Schneider and Dold ran a contentious race filled with attack ads and fueled by large contributions from the national Republican and Democratic committees, PACs, and industry. Dold outraised Schneider $4.2 million to $2.5 million, according to opensecrets.org. Despite the funding challenge, Schneider had an advantage that may have helped him pull ahead and win a tight race. The 2010 district remapping gave Schneider an edge by adding more Democratic territory to the already Democratic leaning 10th District, which now stretches north from Des Plaines to the Wisconsin border, and west from Lake Michigan to Fox Lake. “Redistricting destroyed the Senate and House races in

ABOVE: Political newcomer Brad Schneider, 51, won by nearly 2,500 votes with all but two Cook County precincts reporting. He is the first Democrat to win the 10th District in more than 30 years. RIGHT: Bob Dold thanked his staff and volunteers during a 10-minute concession speech and walked off stage to Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run." Illinois,” said Charlie Caredella, 59, a Dold supporter. “There is no celebration, there is no victory.” The independent 10th District voters have a long history of splitting the ticket between Republicans and Democrats. The last Democratic Representative elected was Abner Mikva in 1979, who was followed by Republicans John Porter and Mark Kirk. Dold, who replaced Kirk in 2010, had supporters waiting for

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him for an election night party at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire amid big screen TVs, balloons, and pumping music. Around 9:10 p.m., Dold’s 5,000 vote lead started to tumble. The crowd’s mood went from exuberant to expectant by 9:45 p.m., when word of Schneider’s lead started to spread. Dold was down 2,000 votes with only seven Cook County precincts left to report. Still the Credence Clearwater Revival song “Lookin’ Out My

Back Door” blared as children in Dold sweatshirts danced on stage. By 10:30 p.m. Dold was down 2,500 votes with only five precincts left to report. “He’s done a great job for the district – pro choice, good for business, strong supporter of Israel. There is no reason Dold should be the loser,” said supporter Jeff Kaminski, 41, wearing a “Jews for Mitt” button. After a long wait, Dold and his family walked on stage

at 10:45 p.m. Dold told the crowd that he had called Brad Schneider to congratulate him on his win. The crowd moaned. Dold thanked the staff and volunteers for their support during a 10-minute concession speech, encouraging them to remain active. “There’s too much at stake to grow disheartened. There’s too much at stake to withdraw from the responsibilities of citizenship,” Dold said. “You and I are here tonight because we understand the special importance of being actively engaged in civic life.” Dold walked off stage to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” as several people expressed anger and disappointment. “Tough night for our side. All I have to say is congratulations to Brad Schneider and everyone who won tonight,” said Sam Shapiro, 50, of Highland Park. Schneider stands with President Obama on many issues. He believes in women’s right to choose, supports Israel, backs the Affordable Care Act, and stands with the president to keep tax cuts for Americans who earn less than $250,000 annually. “We need to help this middle class grow. We need to get this economy growing. Jobs – quality jobs where people can put a roof over their head and provide education, health care for their kids and plan for a secure retirement,” said Schneider at Red Oak Elementary School in Deerfield after he cast his ballot. Schneider, who has an MBA from Northwestern and 25 years experience as a management consultant, believes private sector growth is necessary to add jobs and stimulate the economy. “We need to make sure that we get Washington working for people here back home and put America back on its path providing prosperity and security for our children,” Schneider said.


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Young voters help Obama secure re-election By GABRIEL CHARLES TYLER Contributing Writer Young voters represented a greater share of the national electorate Tuesday than in the historic election of 2008, once again voting for President Barack Obama by a huge margin and securing his reelection. Millennials, young voters between ages 18 and 29, cast 16 million votes for Obama in 2008, giving the then presidential hopeful a margin of victory in a least three states. Reports released before Nov. 6 showed young voters may be less engaged this time around, raising concerns for the Obama campaign during this election’s tight race. In 2008, more American voters under 30 voted than in almost any previous election since 18-year-olds were granted the right to vote in 1972. Obama won three states — Virginia, North Carolina, and Indiana — in 2008 with the youth vote, giving him the push he needed to win the election. However, a series of polls this election have led to concerns that the youth vote may be wavering. "Things were more emotional in 2008. The flash is gone. The complicated issues aren't exciting to the average person,” State Rep. Marcus Evans, Jr. (D-33) said. The stakes this election were high and no one knew in which direction the youth vote would go. While many were doubtful that young voters were not going to show up at the polls, voters from ages 18 to 29 represented 19 percent (a one percentage increase from 2008) of all those who voted Tuesday, according to the early National Exit Poll conducted by Edison Research. Since the youth vote represents about 21 percent of the voting-eligible population, according to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement’s (CIRCLE) analysis of Census data, a 19 percent turnout is fairly high. Younger voters were especially key for Obama in the battleground states of Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, according to reports from CIRCLE. With the race being closer than in 2008, the Commander in Chief needed the youth vote Nov. 6 to secure his second term. First-time voters who missed the opportunity to vote in the historic election really showed up this election, refusing to miss their chance twice. Kelsey Guthrie, a junior at DePaul and native of Saint Louis, Miss., was too young to vote in 2008. “From what I remember, I was more impacted by the 2008 election than I actually was any other election, so I kind of missed out because I was a sophomore in high school, so I wasn’t even 18 yet,” Guthrie said. “I was kind of disappointed that I didn’t get a chance to vote.”

Olivia Morris, a college student and resident of Chicago’s 43rd Ward, made sure to register early, and got out to cast her ballet at DePaul’s Athletic Center before the lunch rush. “It was interesting. I voted in Tennessee actually because I was a senior in high school and it was my birthday a couple of months before,” Morris said. Although it was not her first time voting, Morris said it was her first time casting an informed vote. “I feel like four years ago I was making my decision based on the hype, and this year it was more of an informed decision,” Morris said. “I was taking a little more time to look into the other candidates and the Green Party, which I didn’t necessarily look into before.” A few things have changed in the nation since 2008 — the recession, foreclosure and banking crisis, unemployment and layoffs, and, hyper-partisan battles in Congress, and in state legislatures, have taken a toll on Americans, especially the youth. Many college students have graduated with no jobs and mounting debt. Morris said student and women’s issues are what made the difference in her vote this year. “It was a different kind of hype. For me, this year’s issues personally were more about students and women’s health issues, and that was what I took into consideration,” Morris said. “Whereas four years ago, it was just like let’s get Bush out of office and move forward with something new.” Obama’s platform has focused on key issues affecting students, including student financial aid and the Obamacare provision that would allow young people to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until the age of 26. Young voters have praised Romney for his views on boosting the economy, however, many young voters have criticized him for not including social issues that effect students in his platform. "[Obama’s] addressing the needs of young people,” Evans said. In 2008, an estimated 50.8 percent of young people in Illinois. cast a ballot. This year, there was an estimated 2,031,000 18-to 29-year-old citizens eligible to vote in Illinois. While the numbers are still coming in, it is apparent that young voters in Illinois cast ballots in close numbers to 2008. For Michael Burton, a senior Broadcast Journalism student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, voting for the first time was an act of social responsibility. Many young and first-time voters share his sentiment. “Voting made me feel socially responsible,” Burton said. “It felt good to vote, but the 2008 election had more hype.” While many have argued this year’s presidential election

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Students vote on campus at the Sullivan Athletic Center on Tuesday afternoon. lacked the flair that made Obama a trending topic in 2008, it is apparent that the hype, though subdued, is still alive, and young voters stepped up to support the president. “I believe there was a more unified desperation for change in 2008. Now, there is a very distinguished line separating voters who are desperate for change and the voters who are desperate to keep the policies and ideologies of the Obama Administration in place,” Burton. “The hype is still there, but it’s just not as unified — it’s changed.”

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Instagram the vote? Pictures of ballots considered invalid By MEGAN DEPPEN Contributing Writer Instagram, a popular phone application, allows users to publish photos of food, pets, daily life, and for some, their election ballots. Many college students excited to vote for the first time may publish photos of their own ballot to share support for their candidate of choice. However, unawareness of the laws restricting photos of ballots in Wisconsin led many to question the boundaries around Instagramming one’s voting experience and what is really punishable by law. Increased use of the Internet has heavily influenced the election, and the Citizen Media Law Project, hosted by Harvard University, asserted, “photography and video can be critically important to document the election process and to preserve a record of any procedural improprieties and interference with voter rights.” The article admits, however, that the regulation of privacy involved in voting serves to “safeguard voter privacy, protect against voter intimidation, and

to ensure the proper functioning of the voting process.” Junior Cassie Snyder thinks posting pictures of ballots is a “strong, successful way of making a statement,” as compared to an elongated or vulgar post. After all, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Recently, Wisconsin Democratic and Republican Chairmen were warned to take down Instagram photos of their ballots or otherwise pay a variably enforced fine of $10,000 and serve up to 18 months in prison. The Wisconsin State Journal explained that the law “bars voters from showing their completed ballots to anyone. The intent is to prevent people from selling their votes and then showing their ballots as proof they voted as requested.” Many college students away from home take advantage of the absentee vote, which provides the luxury of voting in a location of their choice. In Winnebago, Wisconsin, County Clerk Sue Ertmer believes "people were just [posting photos of their ballots] as a statement that [their] support is behind this candidate, and they wanted everybody to see it.”

Sophomore Talia Payomo, in reaction to Instagrammed ballots, said she “wouldn’t even think about doing that. It’s such a special thing for self-reflection on your own. But it isn’t a violation. If you’re proud, why not?” The Citizen Media Law Project found that photos or filming one’s own marked ballot was prohibited in Illinois, but there remains unclear definition of restriction of photos taken outside the polling place, such as the case with an absentee ballot. Sophomores John Daly and Kolton Kozlowski don’t see the "Instagrammed" ballots as something significantly influential to other voters. “It might impact independent voters, but for the majority … it wouldn’t sway them,” said Daly. Kozlowski personally doesn’t like making his vote public, but the Instagram pictures are a “minor thing." "On Facebook, people comment on the debate and [Instagrammed ballots] wouldn’t do more than the generic Facebook post by your friends. It’s just another way of doing that.” Kozlowski believes the ballots could even make some

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Tierney, who had a romantic view of private voting, complete with the booth and curtain. Now voting is “just another thing you can tweet. In my family … you don’t tell who you voted for. I like that.” College voters are encouraged to support their candidate, but with the lack of clarity and definition in terms of punishment of publicizing one’s personal ballot, as Fox News advised that’s “one picture that is better left unsent.”


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Duckworth comes out on top the compassion and empathy to serve their needs.” Duckworth had gained many of her supporters and volunteers from being

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“As I always say, unless people are shooting at me or trying to blow me up, it ain’t nothing but a thing,” said Congresswoman elect Tammy Duckworth in regards to the aggressive campaign that Joe Walsh ran against her. The 8th congressional district of Illinois has become the first district to elect an Asian-American woman to Congress. Duckworth beat out incumbent Walsh, winning 55 percent of the district’s vote. Duckworth faced a number of challenges in the race, including being outspent by pro-Walsh Super PACs 12to-1. Duckworth felt that Super PACs are trying to “steal democracy from the everyman.” In addition to being outspent, the Walsh campaign ran attack ads against Duckworth, but this did not deter the candidate. “It’s not about me, it’s not about attacks on me,” said Duckworth. “It’s about getting to work.” Throughout the night as precincts continued to report election results, Duckworth maintained a consistent lead, keeping in line with the 10-point lead she had in the polls throughout the race. Duckworth chose not to speak to volunteers and supporters until after all precincts had reported. “It’s not over until everybody’s vote gets counted,” she said.

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campaign finance manager John Atkinson. “For her it’s not a partisan journey or a partisan agenda; for Tammy this is an American journey about getting the American dream back.” At 10 p.m. Duckworth’s husband Bryan Bowlsbey took the stage and gave a short speech about his life with her. He told the audience about how undeterred she was for a life of service after she sustained injuries in Iraq in 2004. “When she woke up 10 days later, her very first words to me were ‘I love you,’ and ‘put me to work,’” said Bowlsbey. B o w s l b e y CHRIS AYAN | The DePaulia introduced Duckworth to the stage. ABOVE: Tammy Duckworth delivers her acceptance “Ladies and speech with family surrounding. LEFT: Tammy Duck- gentleman, without further worth greets supporters following a long night. ado, I’d like to introduce you to the love of my life: genuine." the congresswoman from the 8th district “I was volunteering for the Obama of Illinois.” campaign, but I kept hearing a lot about Duckworth took to the stage and Tammy, so one day I donated $25. A few delivered her speech. “I am so honored days later I got a call from Tammy herself to be here, so humbled to be elected thanking me, so I switched campaigns,” representative,” she said. said Duckworth campaign volunteer “We have mountains of challenges in Janis Kief. “This woman is strong, smart, front of us right now,” said Duckworth. determined and sincere. That is rare.” “So let’s turn those great obstacles into “Tammy has a spirit of service,” said our greatest opportunities.”


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PAULA ZAVOLA

I hate politics. I was an Obama fan for a while because my friends were, but my whole family was pro-Romney, including my sister [Kelly]. But I hate the economy, I hate it all.”

DAN RYAN

junior

I was thinking about healthcare and women’s rights. Obama will also try to improve the economy and make sure not to jeopardize women’s rights.”

junior

I supported (Romney’s) arguments. He was more convincing in the debates. I’m a little bit disappointed.”

JACOB CITKOWSKI

freshman

I know the popular vote doesn’t count, but the fact that I’m Hispanic, it’s a big deal for us (to vote for Obama) because of the Dream Act. Romney would’ve taken away Obamacare, and I don’t like his ideas.”

STEPHANIE ANGON

freshman

DePAUL SPEAKS: Election results

With the presidential election come and gone, the DePaulia staff asked DePaul students who they voted for (if they did) in the democratic process Voted Obama

Voted Romney

Didn't Vote

I don’t think the country is headed in the right direction either way, but I would’ve been pissed if Romney won. My homeland (Iran) would be up in flames. The only way anything will change is to change the two-party system.

NASEEM HOSSEINI

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Voted Third Party

I consider myself Libertarian. Even though they have a party, I like Ron Paul more than [Libertarian Party candidate] Gary Johnson. I didn’t think Paul would win: I’m not unrealistic, just hopeful.”

It was really exciting voting for the first time. My mom was voting next to me and was trying to influence my choices. Obama helps students more, and that’s what I care about.”

CHRISTIAN GARCIA

freshman

DINA MAHMOUD

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