Barack Obama wins election, Elon students celebrate

By Miriam Williamson

Elon students join the parade to celebrate Obama's victory.

Elon students join the parade to celebrate Obama

As Barack Obama claimed victory, hundreds of Elon students opted to skip his acceptance speech and instead rallied to show their excitement and pride. The group started small, but as it marched through campus more and more students joined despite the rain.

The crowd grew to hundreds of students and could be heard chanting “Obama,” “Yes, we can,” and “Yes, we did,” from the opposite side of campus.

dsc_1266c“I was walking out to go to Varsity and I heard a commotion in the distance,” freshman Adam Lawson said. “I decided to go see what it was all about and I decided to join up.

The group culminated in a giant circle at Young Commons, joined hands and sang the national anthem. Afterward, everyone rushed to the center.

At the innermost circle of the mob, one student encouraged everyone, regardless of religion or beliefs, to say “The Lord’s Prayer” together. The hundreds of students’ voices could be heard echoing across campus in unison.

“It was like nothing I’d ever seen before,” Lawson said.



Video by Derek Noble

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4 Comments on “Barack Obama wins election, Elon students celebrate”

  1. Janna Says:

    Nice work, Miriam. It’s great to see that you didn’t sit watching television. You got out and got the reaction. That’s a true journalist’s reaction!

  2. Paul Parsons Says:

    Miriam, great hustle. Thanks for capturing what happened on campus last night in both text and images.

  3. Janna Says:

    Miriam, when I take a look at the work you have done over the past few weeks I have to say that you are a candidate for MVP out of a class of excellent reporting students. Take pride in the work you have been doing, and understand the amount you have learned in the process of kicking it in and doing the in-depth reporting and writing we can witness on these pages.

  4. […] the White House fence, people gathered in Times Square, pouring out into neighboring streets, students at Elon University gathered in Young Commons, circling up and holding hands to sing the national […]

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