At Westwood's Crest Theater a few blocks from UCLA, where dozens of students and other visitors had gathered to watch a CNN feed of the debate, Alexander Nabavi-Noori, 21, studied a laptop and greeted visitors at the back of the packed auditorium.
Unlike the other students who had shown up in their casual wear, the economics and political science double-major was wearing a bow tie and a long-sleeved shirt, looking professional. Like NBC News' Lester Holt, he plans to moderate a debate this evening -- this one featuring students who will hold their own debate after the presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump onscreen.
And perhaps unusually for a college student, and for this election, Nabavi-Noori -- a vice president of finance and outreach for a campus civic literacy group known as Vote For Our Future -- sees his role as strictly nonpartisan.
"There's definitely enough polarization, so that's not a niche that needs to be filled," Nabavi-Noori said with a smile. Instead, he sees his job as spreading civic literacy and "making sure the two sides have a conversation." (When he graduates, Nabavi-Noori wants to go into law school and, eventually, "work in government.")
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