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Hofstra Students Volunteer, Voice Opinions Ahead of Debate

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    Students are building a social media presence ahead of Monday's Presidential Debate. Andrew Siff reports. (Published Monday, Sept. 26, 2016)

    Hofstra University students are both piping up and pitching in ahead of the presidential debate on the college's campus next week. 

    Dozens of students have been enlisted to help organize Hofstra's social media presence ahead of Monday's debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Others, meanwhile, used the extra attention to voice their opinion on the upcoming election.

    Madison Wright said it was "a miracle opportunity" to volunteer for the debate. She'll be using her skills in Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook to help push out updates on the debate next week. 

    "Everyone's taking pictures for snapchat and I'm saying '#hofdebate16 hashtag it,'" she said.

    Other students voiced their concerns with Trump, in an ad produced by Not Who We Are, a political action committee opposing the Republican presidential nominee. 

    "I don't think you can have a racist and a bigot as president," one student said. 

    Another student, Rob Bielunas, wrote an open letter saying in part that "As members of the Hofstra community, we strongly stand against Donald J. Trump’s divisive and damaging rhetoric."

    "modern history, there has never been a serious presidential candidate as reckless and divisive as Donald J. Trump," he added.

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