At Rowan University: A professor and her student

George Anastasia reports:

8:30 a.m.

In the in the usually jammed student center on campus it is very, very quiet. Classes have been cancelled because of the election.

Sitting at one table are two women - Jhanny Deltus, a 20-year-old sophomore from Asbury Park, and Diane Trace, 40, an adjunct professor of economics. Spread over the table were textbooks and notebooks as Deltus prepped for a Thursday exam.

Deltus, a first-time voter, said, “It’s exciting. It’s important because it’s the first time we’ve had an African-American. I voted for Obama, I like what he brings to the table.”

Deltus paused and smiled. “Actually, seeing a black man be president was the main reason I voted for him.”

Trace, sipping her coffee, said: “I think it’s a very significant election. There’s a big difference between the candidates.”

Trace, a resident of Malaga, said she voted before coming to work.

“I voted for McCain. I wasn’t a strong McCain supporter but the Democratic ticket seemed to lean too far to the left.”

Trace laughed and added: “I like a free market economy.”

She said she’ll be up all night watching the results. “Election Day is like my Super Bowl. Even if my team goes down, I’ll be watching.”