PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

More

[Photo Story] Bernie Sanders Takes Over Campus

With the Pennsylvania primaries less than a week away, the commonwealth has become a battleground in the 2016 Presidential race. It was only a matter of time before a presidential contenders came to Penn State, and the first one was none other than Bernie Sanders.

More than 6,600 people filled Rec Hall to watch the 74-year old senator from Vermont deliver his speech after taking over West Campus all day in anticipation of the rally.

FullSizeRender (2)

The first students lined up before 8 a.m. to be in the front of the rally.

SMB_BernieSanders-0082

SMB_BernieSanders-0081

By 3 p.m. the line stretched across the IST Bridge and into West Campus.

FullSizeRender (3)

IMG_1369

The doors opened at 4 p.m. and it took just about two hours for everyone in line to file into Rec Hall. Attendees weren’t allowed to bring bottles or bags inside, which led to this comprehensive collection out front.

bernie sanders rally
Photo: Jess Cartwright

Inside, things were more spirited.

SMB_BernieSanders-0115

SMB_BernieSanders-0137

Some supporters opted to stand right in front of Sanders while others occupied the bleachers.

SMB_BernieSanders-0209

The packed arena waited anxiously for Sanders to take the stage.

SMB_BernieSanders-0216

SMB_BernieSanders-0263

The crowd erupted with “Feel The Bern” chants as Bernie made his way to the podium just after 7 p.m.

SMB_BernieSanders-0277

SMB_BernieSanders-0305

SMB_BernieSanders-0391

Bernie delivered a captivating speech, pleasing the primarily-collegiate crowd by touching upon social issues relating to race, gender, LGBT rights, and college affordability.

SMB_BernieSanders-0706

SMB_BernieSanders-1004

It’s safe to say Bernie left Rec Hall with supporters “Feeling The Bern.” Regardless of where you lie on the political spectrum, be sure to take the time to vote in the Pennsylvania primaries on April 26!

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
OR
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Steffen Blanco

Steffen is a senior majoring in Criminology & Sociology and hails from East Stroudsburg, PA (Poconos). When he's not taking photos, you can find him at either the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, taking long walks with his Pokemon, or playing video games (League/Overwatch) Just follow him on Twitter/Instagram (@SteffenBlanco) or shoot an email to [email protected] if you have any questions.

Comments

Other posts by Steffen

[Photo Story] Go Go Gadjet Takes Over Alumni Hall

Go Go Gadjet rocked Alumni Hall for the Blue and White Society’s annual PS i (Heart) U Week leading up to the Blue-White game.

Overheard: Joe Jonas And DNCE At Champs

Your Official Spring 2017 Motivational Playlist

Join Onward State: Spring 2019 Application

Want to be a part of the nation’s premier student-run media outlet? Want to have your words read or your pictures seen by hundreds of thousands of readers and social media followers?

Penn State Urges Legislators, Administration To End Government Shutdown

“As we work together to make the impact as least disruptive as possible to our students and employees, we strongly urge Congress and the president to end this impasse.”

Send this to a friend