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By Kaleigh Cortez, News Editor-
A divided nation watched the transfer of power from former President Donald Trump to the former Vice President Joe Biden on Jan. 20, exactly two weeks after the country experienced a violent attack on the Capitol.
UTC organizations welcomed viewings and discussions on this historic event.
The Student Support Services (SSS) hosted an in-person Watch Party to allow students from this group to drop-in to see the inauguration projected on the wall.
Attendees wore masks and maintained social distancing while in the Barr Building, the new office of the SSS.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Housing and Residence Life cohosted a Mocs Table Talk, moderated by Dr. Michelle Deardorff, the head of the political science department.
Faculty and students met via Zoom to express hope and discuss grievances.
Hannah Torres, a sophomore from Nashville, is optimistic about the new leader but remains wary of fully trusting Biden’s team.
“It’s definitely good that we keep an eye on him and not worship him. I’m keeping an eye on all of his policies as much as I can,” Torres said. “I’m enjoying what’s he’s doing now. Hopefully, that continues.”
Emu Aragon, a counselor for the UTC Counseling Services, was nervous about the safety of the physical event.
“That whole process [transfer of power] was really tenuous and potentially really tense, even besides the storming of the Capitol,” Aragon said.
On his first day in office, the 46th President of the United States signed 17 executive orders, many of which focused on taking action to combat the pandemic and reverse efforts taken by Trump.
Among these orders, Biden also signed a directive that expends a pause on student loan payments and interest for individuals with federal loans for another nine months.
Another effort being made is to forgive some amount of every borrower’s federal student loan. This effort was discussed during Biden’s campaign but has yet to be pushed into action.