MTV filmed live from campus, allowing students to pose questions to the presidential candidates in Healy Circle Friday afternoon.
MTV News correspondent Andrew Jenks interviewed nearly 40 students, who were selected through a short application on Wed. The student questions corresponded to a a live online segment of a televised interview with President Barack Obama.
Jenks invited students to ask questions during the online show, which were then relayed to MTV News Correspondent Sway Calloway, so he could incorporate them into his interview of President Obama at the White House.
Student questions focused on renewable energy, women’s issues, gay rights and the economy.
MTV spokesperson Janice Gatti said the network was immediately drawn to Georgetown when trying to choose a location.
“The university hosts a diverse range of incredibly talented, bright students, and the campus itself offers a great backdrop for the special,” she said.
Director of Media Relations for the university Rachel Pugh said that Georgetown was approached earlier this week to play host to the event. MTV explored the other universities in the District as well.
“We believe this represents an opportunity to showcase the diversity and depth of opinions of Georgetown’s student body to a national audience, primarily of young people,” Pugh said. “It represents a unique experience for our students to continue to engage in our political process as they make decisions about whom to support in the Presidential election,” Pugh said.
Jenks echoed Pugh’s sentiments.
“I was impressed at how articulate everyone was,” Jenks said. “They knew the issues and were very specific in what they wanted to hear from the President.”