A New Era for Campus Discourse?

Weston Barker, president of the group of Republican students at Cornell University, said students on campus have been in a mood "celebration" since Joe Biden was declared winner of the last weekend 2020 presidential election .

When mainstream media made the decision on November 7, Barker saw a caravan of cars honking and people cheering around the Ithaca, New York, campus. Students waving campaign posters Biden and wore blue wigs to parties that condemned "Party in the U.S.A.," Miley Cyrus song that has Become an unofficial anthem for Gen Z students across the country. Barker, a conservative, said the pro-Biden students have not exactly humble in the outcome of the elections, but is happy with the change that has seen the spirits of their classmates.

"It's nice to see people happy for a change on campus," he said.

Maddy Scannell, a senior at Rice University in Houston was mostly unenthusiastic about the election results. She says Bernie Sanders supports the independent senator from Vermont, in the Democratic primary race.

"Among many of my colleagues, voting in this election was really a task," he said.

Not so for Jayden Bourne, a student at George Washington University. He was lush and said he felt like "a weight was lifted" his shoulders when Biden was declared winner of the election.

"I was driving around, and it felt like the world was physically different now because we will not have an overtly racist person as the most powerful man in the world," he said. "That's a great thing."

If Barker, Scannell and Bourne are an indication of how college students feel about the outcome of the elections, their views generally reflect appear to those expressed by voters across the country - a bag mixed reactions. Despite the reputation of US universities as liberal bastions monolithic political sentiments of the students they seemed more strongly influenced by their personal identities and political affiliations, and in some cases by race or gender, any political orthodoxy in particular.

students of color are especially excited by Biden, who is committed to addressing the issues of institutional racism in the criminal justice system, and Kamala Harris, who will Become the first person Black, first Asian American person and the first woman to hold the post of vice president. liberal students and women's groups say the election of Harris is a victory for gender and racial diversity at the highest levels of government, and create better dialogue on race in the top of the US government will lead to best results on campus, too.

Even students who identify themselves as progressives and were not initially impressed with Biden and considered a little interesting moderate compared to other Democratic presidential candidates said they felt "relieved" after the media communication called the race. Students are committed to continue to press Biden to fully support the most progressive policies, such as the Green New Deal and health for all.

However, some conservative students, including some Republicans Cornell, have not accepted Biden has enough votes to be declared president-elect and have thrown behind unsubstantiated claims of President Donald Trump of electoral fraud and its legal challenges recount, Barker said. Some of the legal claims Trump have already been rejected by judges in state courts, NPR reported. Republican students in general seem to be divided on whether to accept Trump's presidency will end in January, and some are worried that if he does, his freedom to express conservative views on college campuses largely liberal measure would not be protected.

Some university conservatives hope that vote counts will be favorable to Trump and legal challenges will be successful and have a significant impact on the outcome of the election is held.

"There is no president-elect yet," said Caleb Chi

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