Debate Insider Video: The day history happened

By WashU Debate on October 14, 2016

From the national networks beginning their broadcasts at daybreak to the post-debate Spin Alley frenzy, Oct. 9, 2016, was a historic day at WashU. Our video team captured many of the moments.

journalists crowd Spin Alley

A peek inside Spin Alley

By Elizabethe Holland Durando on October 12, 2016

About 2,000 journalists — including dozens from other countries — converged at Washington University in recent days to cover the presidential debate Oct. 9. When it was over, they swarmed into Spin Alley to gather analysis from candidates' surrogates and political experts to wrap up their storie...

From right: Graduate Professional Council President Haley Dolosic, Student Union President Kenneth Sng, Risa Zwerling and Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton greet presidential candidate Donald Trump before the 2016 presidential debate at Washington University. (Photo: Joe Angeles/Washington University)

Student presidents share debate spotlight

By Leslie Gibson McCarthy on October 12, 2016

As student presidents of SU and GPC, Kenneth Sng and Haley Dolosic enjoyed a few perks. But mostly the two worked tirelessly to help make the debate experience special for everyone.

students pose for a photo

Social media brings debate story to life

By Ryan Rhea on October 12, 2016

The excitement surrounding the Oct. 9 debate at WashU was shared with the world via social media, resulting in an unprecedented level of audience engagement for the university. Twitter and Instagram users made full use of the #WashUdebate2016 hashtag.

Sharing the experience: ‘Yes, I was here’

By WashU Debate on October 10, 2016

From Hillman Hall to Holmes Lounge, from the Danforth University Center to the 560 Music Center, from Edison Theatre to Mudd Field to even the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine campus, thousands of students, faculty, staff and alumni shared in the debate experience through wat...

Student Union sponsored a Debate Fair, focusing on important issues this election cycle, registering students to vote and offering ice cream, a photo booth and more. (Photo: Jerry Naunheim Jr./Washington University)

Debate Fair offers more than fun and games

By Ryan Rhea on October 10, 2016

Student programming culminated in a Debate Fair Sunday, Oct. 9. In addition to having fun, the focus was to engage students with issues surrounding the election and encourage them to vote.

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton welcomes participants of the presidential debate town hall to Washington University in St. Louis. (Photo: Joe Angeles/Washington University)

Witnessing a ‘historic moment’

By Leslie Gibson McCarthy on October 10, 2016

As the eyes of the world were focused on Washington University, here’s what one set of eyes inside the debate hall observed.

students celebrate at ticket lottery

Winning the debate lottery

By Rosalind Early on October 9, 2016

On Sunday, the university was given 352 tickets by the Commission on Presidential Debates, and it distributed all of them to lucky students, who were selected via a lottery system.