experience didn’t change who she supports, it did expand
“‘I don’t feel that way, but I respect that you do, and I
need to understand why,’” Aguirre says she found herself
saying to her peers. “It did open my eyes to some candidates
I hadn’t thought about or hadn’t paid any attention to.”
Amid the exchange of ideas, Molly Shaughnessy,
a junior majoring in communication and minoring in
political science, was gaining another kind of education.
Shaughnessy was a camera operator during the event,
capturing the discussion with Daniels and Heffner and
conducting interviews with students and political experts.
The viewing party was an event where she had to test
her skills like never before. “It really helped me in so
many ways. I’ve never been under that pressure before,”
Shaughnessy says. “When you’re an intern, you’re helping.
When you’re doing this, the pressure is on you.”
Combined with the political discussions, Shaughnessy
says the viewing party represented the type of opportunity
that liberal arts students will look back on as a major
building block for career development. “It was probably one
of the best educational experiences in my college career,”
By Brian Wallheimer.
Molly Shaughnessy, a junior majoring in communication and minoring in political science, films an interview between Josh
Scacco, an assistant professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication, and Alexander Heffner from PBS’s The Open Mind at
the Super Tuesday Watch Party. Photo by Mark Simons.