The democratic process was the star of the night at the fourth Ship Caucus on January 29. Over 100 students attended the event, held just days ahead of the Iowa Caucus, the first major contest of the primary election season.

Just like a real caucus, members of the Ship community gathered to select their political candidate. Students debated and discussed as they formed preference groups to show support for one of the presidential candidates. Several rounds of voting resulted in smaller preference groups being disbanded and joining new preference groups until there was a clear winner.

“We’re the next generation. It’s nice to see students coming out and taking action and showing others our votes do matter,” said sophomore psychology major Day’Janee Beckham.

The event was hosted at the Martin House by President Laurie A. Carter and the Political Science Department.