Around 15 students took a break from class to catch the 2013 U.S. Presidential Inauguration on the big-screen on the University of Windsor Campus.
The University of Windsor Students’ Alliance laid out food and refreshments in the CAW Student Centre today after some students requested a viewing party for the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, according to director of student life Josh Palione.
"There’s a lot more star power and entertainment involved. They had Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, people like that," he said. "Being so close to the border, there’s a lot of interest in American politics here on campus. So I decided to put this event on."
Paglione admits he’s never had a request to arrange a viewing for a similar Canadian political event. The students who made the request are Canadian, he said.
"Since it’s not our country we can play observer and be entertained by what’s going on," said third-year political science major Jordan Renaud.
However, it’s not all about entertainment, he said.
"There’s a lot that’s notable about this administration with Barack and his family being the first black presidential family," said Renaud. "I feel that a lot of students believe the United States is the most powerful country in the world. A lot of what goes on there has a lot to do with what goes on here. We also have a lot of poli-sci faculty that are American as well, so that also ads to the intrigue."