By Katie McCoy
Entirely East Lansing
For many students at Michigan State University, keeping up with politics and global issues is easier said than done.
The Michigan presidential primary is on March 8, compelling students to get informed on candidates and their policies.
Maz Piatek, a sophomore anthropology major at MSU said she’s registered to vote in her hometown in Pennsylvania and will have her parents send her an absentee ballot so she can still participate in the elections.
“This is a really important election, I feel,” said Piatek. “I can’t miss the opportunity to finally have a say for the next president.”
Piatek said she mainly keeps up with what’s going on by reading the New York Times, “it’s easy because they give it away for free all over campus,” she said.
“I’m not registered to vote because I don’t know enough in the world and I don’t know the process,” said sophomore accounting major Gayatri Chincholkar.
Michigan State University offers a lot of organizations to try and get students involved with information regarding elections and what you need to know before you register to vote.
Junior political science major Aaron Stephens helps students register to vote by “coming to them” and helping them as much as he can.
“If we make it easy to register, students will come register,” said Stephens.
Michigan State Black Caucus is an organization on campus that tries to increase student knowledge on issues that are important with this election, such as Black Lives Matter.
Dante Varner, MSU Black Caucus secretary said, “we try to teach students that the young vote really does matter. Especially in today’s times, the young black vote matters too. If we don’t vote, our voice isn’t out there.”
Many organizations and clubs try to stretch across campus and increase the knowledge amongst students about the stances on presidential candidates and the issues going on.
Chincholkar said she sees organizations on campus but she has so much going with schoolwork that she cannot find time to participate to increase her knowledge.
“We make it pretty easy for students to engage in what we offer,” said Varner.
Many presidential candidates are pandering to the youth voter, like presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
According to Vox, at the Iowa Caucus on Feb. 1, 84 percent of Bernie Sanders’ voters were between the ages of 17 and 29. Hillary Clinton only had 14 percent of the millennial vote.
Sanders is the only candidate that has really captured Chincholkar’s eye because everyone seems to be talking about him.
“I like Bernie,” said Chincholkar, “from what I have seen and heard on Twitter and CNN, he stands for what we as a generation believe in and I really like that. And he’s better than Donald Trump.”
President of Michigan State College Democrats Wyatt Ludman said increasing interest among students is difficult because they simply do not care.
“It’s hard to get people to know what is going on in the world because they all have other things to worry about and if they want to know what’s happening, they will go out and learn in on their own,” said Ludman.
Chincholkar said she would like to find time to form her own opinion by being updated on the news and world issues.
“Normally I rely on my parents to tell me what’s going on,” Chincholkar said. “Finding time to do that on my own is too much work.”
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