One Keene State College Student Feels the ‘Bern,’ Another Backs Trump

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Poster on an outside bulletin board at Keene State College.

Keene State College

Keene State College

Noelle Rossini

Noelle Rossini

Noelle Rossini will report on the political mood at Keene State College, where she is a senior, in the final run up to New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary on Feb. 9. If you have any questions you’d like her to ask students, email them to  (

By Noelle Rossini

It’s a cloudy and cold Tuesday morning, Jan. 26, 2016, here at Keene State College in Keene, N.H.

I spoke with some students today and will continue taking the pulse of the campus as we get ready for the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire.

Some students said they feel very involved in the process and there are different groups that get together – the KSC Republicans and KSC Democrats.

They attend rallies together and set up tables at the Student Involvement Fair; an event at the beginning of each semester that informs students about the different clubs and activities on the campus.

Nick St. Jean, a 20-year-old junior, said the primary is important to him.

St. Jean was relaxing in the Young Student Center when he agreed to be interviewed.

“If candidate Bernie Sanders wins New Hampshire, he has a chance at winning the entire election,” St. Jean said.

When asked why students seem to be so involved in this election, St. Jean said it is because the presidential candidates are talking about issues that impact young people.

“Candidates are bringing up student-related issues, such as student loans and debt,” St. Jean said.

“This could be our way of finally feeling like we made a change.”

Rachel Moehlenhoff, 21, a KSC senior says she is more of a Republican.

“I agree with Trump’s policy on American citizenship. And I also believe that his financial plan will put the country back to where it should be,” Moehlenhoff said.

Noelle Rossini is a senior at Keene State College who is interning this semester at Rossini is an English literature and writing major from Boston. She is a member of the Keene State College Dance Team, which is ranked 9th in the nation. Next year, Rossini  plans to attend law school.