At this point, most people are reluctant to talk about this election. It’s been a draining experience for many. Now, an anxious future waits for most who see the President Elect as a national misstep. While severity of opinion varies, their disdain for this election cycle does not.
Michael Badtke a Computer Science major at Augusta University didn’t want to talk about his personal feelings towards the President Elect he did share his opinion of the future state of the union. “Doesn’t matter how you feel about him - A 70-year-old man, who has never held a political office and has no military experience is about to be in control of the world's largest army.”
Ronnie Hummel, a graduate of the Augusta University's Sociology department shared freely his disdain “Fuck Trump. Fuck the Alt-Right - they’re Nazis. This country is doomed.” Adding “Like, I can’t believe this.”
Total apathy is the closest thing to pro-Trump that can be found on the Campus of Augusta University. When asked on his thoughts on the election, Ben Boocker simply replied “Oh, that? People are still talking about that?” Indeed, Ben, people are still talking about that.
From apathy to unadulterated hatred, a range of emotions are felt for the President Elect. So who and where are the Trump supporters? Well, Andrew Hutchins a former August University student shared that his own mother was a Trump supporter. He went on to blame baby boomers for the result of the election, citing their frustration with the status quo as the driving force behind the results of the election.
Bianca Fortis, a public life reporter from New York, NY has agreed to work with Augusta University. She came to visit Augusta University to prepare for next semester when she will be assisting with the new, Homeless of Augusta project being started by the University. With Fortis’s experience in Social Justice reporting as well as public life reporting she’s seeks to tell the stories of people who are not necessarily in the public eye. Currently she is working on a documentary about veterans that are being deported after serving time for felonies. Fortis has spent time in Mexico reporting not only on deported veterans but on broader, cultural human stories as well. Fortis hasn’t always been working in the field of social justice and human interest. After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in Journalism in 2010 she found herself in a struggling job market. While she always wanted to do human interest pieces, she resigned to get what work she could. Fortis herself said that her “path has taken a lot of twists and turns.” Between gaps of employment, Fortis has freelanced in between positions. Her first job as a reporter was working for the Chronicle Newspaper in Centralia, WA. Fortis described this position as a training ground where she was able to cut her teeth. After a year, the Washington weather drove her back east.
She moved to New York, NY where she quickly learned that it wasn’t the ideal place for an entry level journalist. In New York she found herself working for local newspapers and a Non-profit as head of their Social Media department. She was laid off from that position, however it turned out be a good thing. Leaving that job eventually led to her co-founding Transborder Journalism. It is here that Fortis has found something she’s truly passionate about. She’s working with her co-reporters at Transborder Journalism to shed light on the deporting of veterans. Fortis says she still works multiple part-time jobs to pay the bills, however she doesn’t mind. She finds not being locked to one position liberating. While it’s not the most stable, it does give her the freedom to pursue her own path.
According Dr. Kenney, head of the Communication department, “Bianca will be returning in the beginning of the spring semester to help students in the public life reporting class launch our proposed project the Homeless of Augusta.” While Dr. Kenney said she won’t be there for the whole semester, she will be coming to help the Public Life reporting class at least twice.