President Barack Obama’s inauguration sparked a lively celebration on Tuesday night, as over 400 students crowded around campfires and live bands at the Domes. Guests danced inside music-filled domes, atop a bouncing charter bus and listened in silenced respect as President Obama’s historical speech was replayed over loudspeakers, commemorating what event organizers deemed as “A New Birth of Freedom” in 2009.
The festivities were hosted by the Davis Bike Church, and took place on the north corner of campus at the Domes – UC Davis‘ quirky 1970s style co-op housing units. The celebration rocked on well into the night, as students gathered in peace, love and political optimism for what’s ahead in the next four years.
“Obama winning this is really exciting,” said Julianna Haber, a senior nutrition science major who attended the event. “I think the most beautiful thing is that he brought up the ‘love of humanity‘ idea in his speech, which used to be a hippy dippy thing, but now it’s for all of us. So we’re celebrating!”
Text by MICHELLE IMMEL
Photo by DEEBA YAVROM