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Almost no students watch State of Union address

Tyler Manning

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Millions of Americans watched Donald Trump give his first State of the Union address Jan. 30.

However, almost none of them were at Midwestern State University.

Outside of the political science department, few students are actively involved in national politics despite Student Government Association’s efforts to get students more involved in politics.

“We want to get people involved in the political process. The most we can do is talk about issues that are fundamental to the campus whether it is LGBTQ rights, DACA, international students, issues being raised in class, that kind of stuff,” Damian DeSilva, vice president of SGA and economics senior, said.

Maria Peña, president of the SGA and political science senior, said though members of SGA try to get students involved in politics, they make sure that they are not advocating for a specific political party.

Peña said, “[SGA members] try to stay away from influencing which political affiliations students should be geared more toward. We will share information about events or organizations that the political science department offers to their students regardless of what political party it may be.”

To DeSilva the most effective way to get students involved is to discuss political issues that affect students on campus.

DeSilva said national political issues are brought to their attention when it needs to be discussed with students on campus and that due to the divisiveness in today’s political climate, issues addressed lend themselves to discussion.

“This current climate is perhaps the most divisive it has been in the last generation. There hasn’t been anything that has divided the the country like this, politically, since the Vietnam War,” DeSilva said. “Many of these things tend to cut across the political divide. It is usually something that is conservatively or liberally leaning. Most things tend not to be bipartisan issues. Typically bipartisan issues are more easily discussed and worked. It is opposing views that are seemingly at odds with each other.”

No official watch parties were held on campus last night.

Are you going to watch the State of the Union Address?

Christelle Billan, mechanical engineering junior | “No. I have to study, do homework, and practice my instrument.”

Phillip Torres, math senior | “No. I honestly do not know what that is.”

Kylan Harrison, undecided freshman | “No sir. I don’t know what that is.”

Zach Madison, political science senior | “Yes because I am a political science major and that interests me.”

Bryan Ordornez, computer science freshman “No. I don’t know what that is.”

Dorihan Funga, business management freshman | “No. I don’t know what it is.”

Taylor Beeson, nursing freshman | “No. I wasn’t informed about it. I didn’t even know it was tonight.”

Lexi Bandy, marketing freshman | “No. I was not informed.”

Savannah Mueller, radiology freshman | “I am not. I had no idea it was going on.”

Eliza Cameron, english sophomore | “I did not plan to. I wasn’t aware it was tonight.”

Jasper King, radiology freshman | “No, I am not. I am not an American citizen and I feel like certain aspects of American life do not concern me.”

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  1. Joe Bohannon on January 31st, 2018 3:45 pm

    It is really concerning that college age students do not know what the State of The Union Address is !!!
    What happened to government class for heaven’s sake. I do understand why they might not watch it. I watched very few of them when I was young either but I am a little distressed about the lack of knowledge. The remark by Mr DeSilva about the great division in this country is true but actually it is far more divisive now than during the Vietnam war. The great majority of the nation all wanted the war to be over but we also by a great majority supported our troops completely. Yes their were protest and they made a lot of news but the protesters were actually just a loud minority of the people. I am not suggesting that protesting was wrong simply that is was not a large number of the population. I do not ever remember one protest here in Wichita Falls and few in Texas. Sadly I think you would have to go back to the Civil War to find the division we have now.


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