This weekend, there are concerts, a performance by the Upright Citizens Brigade, and a show by Larry Wilmore. On debate day there are also a ton of activities for students, faculty, and staff. It is a debate-a-palooza on campus. All of the major media have set up outdoor stages and it should be a beautiful weekend for everyone involved with the major activities.
I wandered across campus today to try to catch the vibe. Everyone is excited because this debate is likely to match viewing audiences of major national events such as the Super Bowl. It is going to be the most-watched debate in history. It is hard to believe that it was just several weeks ago that we learned we were getting the debate after another university withdrew. I think this one has gone incredibly well.
Below are a some photos from today that caught some of the action on campus.
|You never know who you will see celebrating the debate on campus.|
|There's some amazing signs on campus.|
|All the major news channels are setting up stages.|
|A debate is a great place to see funny political t-shirts.|
|CNN has the biggest stage. Fox isn't too far behind.|
|Security is ramping up.|
|Debate banners are everywhere.|
|Telemundo is also broadcasting live...|
|...and they have a prime location.|
|It's hard to imagine that the media are set up on the old airport where Lindbergh took off for Paris.|
|Security fences are up along the roadway that bisects our campus.|
|The jewel of campus, Hofstra Hall, looks lovely with its sign.|
|Our brutalist library has a modest decoration.|
|Inside the library is a nice display of memorabilia from the previous presidential debates we hosted.|
|We have two statues of presidents on campus. Lincoln and one other. Do you know which one?|
|More images of the Fox stage getting set up.|