“Who won the Civil War?”
“Like the one in 1965?”
A new bipartisan political group on campus, PoliTech, is trying to educate fellow Texas Tech students about politics through humor.
Raul Cevallos, president of PoliTech, said the group was founded to provide the Tech community with unbiased political information. Cevallos said the group has members from other political organizations on campus, like the Young Conservatives of Texas and Tech Student Democrats groups.
Cevallos said the group’s goal is to make students more aware of the world around them.
“I think one of the first steps that we want to accomplish is to get students to realize that they don’t know a lot,” Cevallos said. “Because they may think that they know enough, and it’s not so much that students don’t know because they’re dumb. They don’t know it because they’re being distracted by other things. So, we want people to know that we’d be in a much better place right now if we watched less Kardashians and a little more, you know, the news.”
Cevallos said watching other news shows helped to inspire their new web series, “Politically Challenged.” The man on the street video features PoliTech’s public relations manager, Courtney Plunk, asking students history and pop culture questions. Many students were willing to appear on the video, but had trouble answering some of the questions.
“A lot of people were like, ‘Well,what’s the question?,’ you know,” Plunk said. “And then when we started asking, they were like, ‘If you’d have told me that I wouldn’t have done it!'”
After the interviews, Cevallos said every student who appears in the video signed a release form, with a good sense of humor.
Watch the first installment of “Politically Challenged” here!