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BERKELEY COLLEGE MILLENNIALS JOIN HOST ELAINE QUIJANO
Five Berkeley College millennials shared their opinions on the presidential nominees and the state of America in an appearance on “The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” as part of a college Town Hall discussion. The segment, titled “Millennials – The Change Agents?” aired on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, while the full discussion can be seen online via CBSNews.com.
Hosted by Elaine Quijano, who moderated the Vice Presidential Debate, the CBS Town Hall features interviews with millennial voters from 12 states, many of whom are voting for the first time. The interviews took place at YouTube Space NY, a 20,000-square-foot collaborative production facility above Chelsea Market in New York City.
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Berkeley College CBS Town Hall Participants:
- Alexis Gonzalez, 19, was initially a Bernie Sanders supporter, but will support Hillary Clinton for President. As a first-generation American, Mr. Gonzalez condemns Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric, saying, “I cannot vote for someone who can see my academic achievements, my community service, and my dreams of living a better life as an American and say, ‘You are not an American. You are an anchor baby.’ ” Mr. Gonzalez is a Berkeley College Honors student from Astoria in Queens, NY.
- Jessica Mahoney, 25, is a New York City attorney and a staunch Trump supporter. “Secretary Clinton represents herself as caring for women’s rights, and yet she wants to take away my ability to protect myself,” she said. “Her plan to further reform gun control is unacceptable. As a woman and the wife of a police officer, I stand by the rights that the second amendment provides to me.” During the broadcast, she spoke about the need to stop vilifying police officers in the media. Ms. Mahoney is a Berkeley College alumna.
- Earl Brown, 31, is an undecided voter, but is leaning toward the Democratic ticket. As a Business Developer for Berkeley College, he believes the most important election issue is the economy and getting workers established in not only jobs, but in long-term careers. During the taping, Mr. Brown said that if Democrats and Republicans could come together for meaningful discussion the same way millennials had during the broadcast, much more could be accomplished in Washington.
- Elyssa Marx-Alaimo, 27, is a mother, a college student, and a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves. During the broadcast, she spoke about the importance of higher education, a benefit she feels should be accessible to all without creating a burden on students and their parents. Ms. Marx-Alaimo is a Berkeley College Honors student and an undecided voter.
- Danyal Sorel, 29, is a finance professional, an author and a photographer. He supports Hillary Clinton, and said he does not believe the government should create greater barriers for those who wish to become U.S. citizens. His paternal grandparents migrated from the West Indies Caribbean Antilles and were successful professionals in the fields of medical radiology and social work. His maternal grandparents were born U.S. citizens and worked until retirement. His grandfather was employed for more than 20 years with the U.S. Post Office and his grandmother was a homemaker and church deaconess.
Photo Captions: (Top, L to R) Jessica Mahoney, Berkeley College alumna; Alexis Gonzalez, Berkeley College student; Elaine Quijano, CBS host; and Earl Brown, Berkeley College Business Developer, pose on set before the CBS Town Hall discussion titled “Millennials – The Change Agents?” (Above) The discussion featured millennial voters from 12 states, including New York and New Jersey.
About Berkeley College
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,300 students – including more than 700 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.
Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, both for the third consecutive year. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
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