On Tuesday, February 26th, over 30 students gathered in the library to discuss one of the most controversial topics in today's society: gun control. BridgeMNSU, in collaboration with UC Berkeley's "Mind & Person Perception" Lab, facilitated the conversation and conducted the study.
Essentially, the goal of the event was to give people the opportunity to interact with multiple people who might have different opinions than each other. Each conversation was one-on-one with assigned partners. People were put into two groups that represent each communication medium that was being tested for the survey (talking vs typing). The reason why people are interacting in different ways is to conduct research about how this might influence a person's decisions.
The point of the experiment was to understand how the communication medium influences how people make social inferences during disagreements - whether certain inferences influenced the level of conflict in the conversations, the enjoyability of the conversations, openness to others' opinions, and one's own attitudes.
All-in-all, the event was a huge success! We can't thank the participants enough for their participation in and willingness to engage in conversation about a topic that, although controversial in many faucets, was facilitated in a manner were people on all sides of the issue could make their voice heard.
Election Day is fast approaching! After you head to the polls on November 6th, stop by the Preska Residence Community (Room 126) between 8:30-11:30pm for our Election Night Party when we live-stream the results as they come in.
There will be a discussion about the effect that the election may have on us as students in higher education. All are invited to attend (did we mention that there's free food?!) - we hope to see you there!
Our voter education event "Your Vote Matters" yesterday was a huge success! We can't thank the attendees enough for their engagement and questions throughout the event.
Thanks to the "Political Speed Dating" segment of the event, where prompts on the board were displayed for students to discuss topics on both sides of the political spectrum, one attendee exclaimed that they "feel like this event was a great way to better educate [themselves] and see where my views align."
Andrew Weinzierl, the current president of BridgeMNSU, says that he is "thankful that we were able to have both College Republicans and College Democrats present at the event. More importantly, I am thankful for the amount of respect between the two student organizations - coming together to make Your Vote Matters a successful event!"
Kyle Edwards, a presenter from College Democrats, stated that the event "was about making voting accessible for college voters." He goes on, saying, "I don't care how you vote, I just want you to vote!"
Whatever the case is, it is our hope that every student attendee at the event was able to learn more about the process of voting, what the candidates stand for, and go home with a nifty little pocket constitution!
Next Wednesday, October 24th, join us in CSU's Ostrander Auditorium from 5:30-7pm as we co-host "Your Vote Matters" - a nonpartisan voter education event with presentations on various things such as election day registration, how the voting process works, who's on the ballot, and more.
Both College Democrats and College Republicans will be at the event, presenting for 15 minutes each about who represents them on the ballot and what their party stands for.
We hope to see you there! Plus, free donuts and coffee will be served before the start of the event!
What are your thoughts about GMO's? Does the acronym make you anxious, or do you think they play an important role in agriculture?
On Tuesday, September 18th, in the CSU Ostrander Auditorium, join us as for a screening of Food Evolution and a discussion about GMOs, farming, and biotechnology. Free food and drinks provided!
The documentary, presented in partnership with the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, is set amidst a polarized debate marked by fear, distrust, and confusion: the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. After the screening, we will be hosting a 5-person panel discussion to spark an open and honest conversation about the role of biotechnology in food and farming practices.
One of our panelists, Shane Bowyer, is the assistant director of Management and the current Advisor for BridgeMNSU. He also teaches a multitude of agricultural courses at MNSU. Going into the conversation, he states, “It is my hope that we can listen to each other, and be able to have a professional and critical conversation around what can sometimes be an emotionally charged issue.”
The reception will begin at 5:30pm and the film will show at 6:00pm. The panel will start at about 7:00pm.