PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Presidential Hopeful Bernie Sanders Visits University Park

Senator Bernie Sanders paid a visit to Penn State on Tuesday as part of his campaign to win the Pennsylvania Presidential Primary next week. Students lined up outside of Rec Hall, some as early as 8 a.m., to obtain good seats for the rally.

Jacob Ryan of Centre County for Bernie Sanders and Lauren Smith of Penn State Students for Sanders greeted the crowd and explained the two groups have been pulling for Sanders to visit Happy Valley for months now. The two implored students on campus to remember to vote in this month’s primary.

Sophia McClennen, Penn State’s School of International Affairs associate director and established author, introduced the star of the night. Sanders took the stage around 7:08 p.m. to a lively crowd of 6,655 community members. “It looks like Penn State is ready for a political revolution!” he shouted to the crowd made up of students and supporters alike.

He dove right in to speaking about issues at the core of his campaign, urging Americans to “think outside of the status quo.” With the New York primary occurring on the same day, Sanders assured the members of the crowd that they have nothing to worry about. “We’ve won seven out of the last eight caucuses and primaries. She’s getting nervous because when we began this campaign we were 60 points behind, and after the last couple of weeks a few national polls have us in the lead,” Sanders said alluding to his opponent — former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Sanders spoke to the congregation about almost everything from his platform, including wage gap between genders and minorities, demilitarizing local police departments, and marriage equality. He declared a revolution on the way we treat mental health in this country. “We will do whatever it takes to end racism and bigotry in America,” Sanders said to a very diverse group.

He then expanded on the wage gap issue. “This campaign is listening to women! Women are telling me they are sick and tired of going to work and telling me they are making 77 cents on the dollar! Women of this country want the whole damn dollar, and they’re right!”

The presidential hopeful jumped to an issue many people on this campus were anxious to hear. “Young people fully understand that they are the future on this country and they want to determine the future of this country,” Sanders said as he began to talk about college debt, “Why are we punishing millions of young people for doing exactly what we asked them to do?”

He elaborated to the crowd that many United States citizens are swimming in hundreds of thousand of dollars of student debt. Penn State currently has the highest tuition of a public university — second only to the University of Pittsburgh. Sanders explained that in order for this economy to succeed we need to have a strong education. Rec Hall responded with cries of joy, chanting “Bernie” over and over again.

In closing, Sanders reminded the audience how crucial it is to exercise the right to vote, adding that the only way people can make a major change and stand up to the big establishment is to do so.

“The major crisis we face are not the crisis themselves, it is the belief told to us every day by the establishment, by the media, by Congress, ‘You can’t make change, this is the status quo, this is the way it is and this is the way it always will be, doesn’t matter what you believe.’ And that is what this campaign is all about.” Sanders shouted to a fired up Rec Hall.

“You are going to lead this country into a political revolution. Thank you all!” he concluded as he exited the stage, shaking hands and wishing the university well.

About the Author

Shannon Fox

Shannon is a senior at Penn State majoring in Journalism and English. New York City born and Bucks County raised she often complains about State College's lack of good Italian restaurants. She is a lover of all things music and an avid football fan (just not the American kind) Toss her a follow on twitter @ShannonAudFox or Email her at [email protected]

Comments

More by Shannon

MisterWives Amplifies The Movin’ On Stage

MisterWives was the third act on the Movin’ On Stage and played hits “Reflections” and “Our Own House.”

Put Your Friends Before Yourself: Shannon Fox’s Senior Column

The Great Debate Brings Heated Arguments To Schwab Auditorium

Athletics

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

The incident surrounding Marche’s death is “under investigation,” according to the Philadelphia police department.

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Ally McHugh Wins 400 Medley National Championship

Student Life

Nike Releases New Penn State Sneakers

This year’s sneaker is available to purchase online for $109.99.

Penn State Parking Office Runs Into Student Permit Purchase Issues

Girirajan Lab Seeks To Bridge The Gap Between Fly And Human Genomes

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Fall Move-In Traffic & Construction Changes

When 40,000 students need to move back to State College over the course of four days or so, things are bound to get crazy.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend