Obama victory sparks student celebration

At 2 a.m. Wednesday, neuroscience junior David Wrobleski found himself dancing in the streets with people of all backgrounds with the same reason to celebrate âÄî the election of Barack Obama as president. Wrobleski, who campaigned for Obama as a part of Students for Obama , said he got a call from a friend who said people were celebrating in the street near Cedar and Riverside avenues on the West Bank. âÄúIt was inspiring to see,âÄù he said. âÄúThere were old white people, blacks, Hispanics, immigrants all together for the same purpose.âÄù Wrobleski was not alone in his celebration of ObamaâÄôs presidential win. Many people watched the election unfold, experiencing different emotions as Obama was named the next U.S. president. As the Bob Dylan concert at Northrop Auditorium ended Tuesday night âÄî within 30 minutes of TV networks projecting Obama’s victory âÄî concertgoers gathered at the entrance to watch the news projected onto a screen hanging from the third-floor balcony. Young and old stopped and began cheering, creating an echoing effect bouncing off the foyer’s marble walls. As the capacity crowd spilled out onto the steps of Northrop, a man played the conga drums, as a group of about 100 to 200 younger people gathered, jumping up and down chanting “Obama, Obama,” “U.S.A., U.S.A.” and “yes we can” while others stopped, simply watching the celebratory scene. One woman jumped up and down, hugging those around her shouting, “We did it, we did it,” and “I can’t believe we did it.” While watching from home, sociology junior Allison Berth shared a moment of silence with her friends before their emotions could catch up with reality. âÄúWe all just started to scream and cry, as corny as it sounds,âÄù she said. Berth, who also campaigned for Obama, said she believed many students were emotional about the win because they had been so invested in the campaign. âÄúHe had an honesty that IâÄôd never seen in another candidate before,âÄù she said. âÄúHe was able to explain how a lot of students felt about politics.âÄù Young people havenâÄôt been excited about politics in awhile, family social science junior Monica Schenstrom said. She said ObamaâÄôs campaign made her excited to be a Democrat again and she believes he can inspire American citizens to realize that despite differences, they all want whatâÄôs best for the country. âÄúIt was kind of this snowball effect, a contagious excitement that traveled from one person to the next,âÄù she said. But, for those he has inspired, Obama has a lot of expectations to live up to, Berth said. As his supporter, she knows she has to continue to be involved. âÄúI feel like [ObamaâÄôs election] means that he has a lot of responsibility now, but I like that heâÄôs putting a lot of that responsibility back on the American people who voted for him,âÄù she said. For now, Wrobleski said the image of everyone coming together and dancing in the streets, not only here but around the world, reminds him of history we still talk about today. âÄúLast night kind of fulfilled Martin Luther KingâÄôs dream in a way,âÄù he said. âÄúIt may be too bold of a statement, but it was something people would have never seen 40 years ago.âÄù -Jake Grovum contributed to this report