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SFA students watching Donald Trump's inauguration express misgivings, hope about future

As the swearing in happened more observers gathered around the TV. (Source: KTRE Staff) As the swearing in happened more observers gathered around the TV. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Only a few people at SFA’s food court gathered around the tv to watch inauguration ceremonies. (Source: KTRE Staff) Only a few people at SFA’s food court gathered around the tv to watch inauguration ceremonies. (Source: KTRE Staff)
SFA Student Giovanna Flores juggled work to watch the inauguration. (Source: KTRE Staff) SFA Student Giovanna Flores juggled work to watch the inauguration. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Those who could and those who wanted to watched the inauguration on television, smart phones, computers, and other devices.

East Texas News spoke with people doing just that at Stephen F. Austin State University.

At the Baker Patillo Student Center few people in the food court showed interest in the presidential inauguration. 

"It's not that I don't support him or hate him or anything like that, it's just I didn't watch Barack Obama's inauguration either,” said Virgil Hatfield, a senior mass communications major at SFA. “The inevitable is going to happen, so I don't really see a purpose in watching it."

However, Giovanna Flores juggled work while watching the ceremony.

"Baker Patillo Student Center,” Flores said when she answered the phone Friday.

"As an American citizen it's like, it's like a duty to respect the president whether you agree with his policy or whether you don't agree,” Flores said.

Andrew Gillis, a junior creative writing major at SFA, was wanting to avoid the inauguration, but said it kept following him around. The creative writing major is nervous about the next four years.

"I am,” Gillis said. “As a LGBTQ individual I sort of fear, at least with the vice president, that some of my rights will be taken away or dictated by somebody who doesn't know my issues and my problems."

"I Donald John Trump do solemnly swear ...,” President Donald Trump said in the news coverage of his swearing-in ceremony.

As Trump took his oath of office, more people stepped up to the screen, including an optimistic Darrell Tripp, a graduate student with SFA’s School of Social Work.

"I know it's a lot more money everybody is going to make this year,” Tripp said.

"We will make America wealthy again,” Trump said during his speech.

"He's our president, so I know he's a good money man,” Trump said.

However, Trump enters his presidency with historically low approval ratings. 

"We will face challenges,” Trump said. We will confront hardships, but we will get the job done."

"I think he's got a long row ahead of him for trying to reunite the nation after this election,” said Guy McCormack, a junior at SFA.
There are Americans willing to give Trump a chance.

"Got to give him a chance,” Tripp said.

Kayla Lyons places her faith elsewhere.

"My trust in not in Donald Trump. My trust is in a higher power, so at the end of the day he'll make sure everything goes how it's planned to go,” Lyons said.

Inauguration ceremonies continue with inaugural balls. After that the nation will be watching with anticipation to see what executive actions he'll take in the coming weeks. 

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