Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Diverse voting demographic comes together at Katy O'Ferrell's watch party

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Katy O’Ferrell’s in downtown Cape Girardeau was available for a watch party for the election Tuesday night. The watch party started at 8 p.m. but customers didn’t start to pile in until closer to 9. Southeast Missouri State University students, along with customers from around the area, showed up to hang out and drink election-style drinks at the Irish-themed bar. Four different specialized drinks were added to the selection for the night: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, the four major candidates in the presidential election.

A few international students came out to watch the election as well. Ruchika Sharma, a sophomore from India, said she decided to come have a few drinks with her friends to get away from the stress of the election.

“My heart started melting that the competition is this close,” Sharma said. “I was getting so anxious and a couple of my friends were coming out here to Katy O’Ferrell’s.”

Sharma said she was in shock that Trump was still doing well at the point of the night she left and couldn’t believe people were still backing him.

As an international student, Sharma can’t vote but still is interested in the outcome of the election.

“People in India care about the election, but I feel like most people are neglected,” Sharma said. “I love to see how everybody is partaking of the entire thing.”

Kayla Whitney, a junior at Southeast, came to Katy O’Ferrell’s to watch the election with some friends. Whitney was drinking the Jill Stein drink to support who she voted for.

“I really like the Jill Stein drink,” Whitney said. “I decided not to vote for the ‘lesser of the two evils.’”

There also were three tip jars at the bar, labeled with Trump, Clinton or neither. Whitney hadn’t donated yet, but was going to donate to the “neither” tip jar. The neither jar had more money than both Trump’s and Clinton’s.