At Lynn’s poolside, debate briefly trumped by tanningby Eliot Kleinberg | October 22nd, 2012
Some verbal missiles were expected at Monday night’s presidential debate at Lynn University, but at the campus pool at midday, it was all cannonballs. Students dived in to beat the heat as others floated in stars-and-stripes floats and rafts.
For student Andrea Schutte, tanning herself in a poolside lounge chair, the whole thing’s a lark. She’s from South Africa. But that doesn’t mean she’s not been following the U.S. presidential campaign. And, she said, her parents would be getting up at 3 a.m. local time to watch Monday night’s event.
“It’s exciting,” she said. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
She said she’s not bothered by the journalists crawling around the pool area with notepads and cameras.
“It’s not annoying,” she said. “”It’s a privilege to have everybody on campus.”
Phillip Mina, 18 and his 20-year-old brother Michael are from Manhattan, so being in the spotlight isn’t something new.
The students said they’re enjoying being one-up, at least for today, on New York, which didn’t get to host any of the presidential debates.
What about last week’s faceoff at Hofstra University?
That prompted a zinger from Michael: “Well, Long Island’s not New York.”