The Right and Left on Campus

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

The students at The University of Nevada say the political divide is only increasing on campus.
A fierce battle to the White House last year brought politics to campus, along with a passion of separation.
Shandra Cpiriano, with the Young Republicans, says it's hard to even talk to one another.
"It doesn't work out where we can have a civil debate. A lot of the time it ends up being yelling back and forth or demonstrating back and forth."
According to the Young Republicans they say they have recruited more than 500 members on campus, while the Young Democrats say they are struggling to keep 100 members.
Despite the numbers, surprisingly, *both* sides say there is an obvious liberal view throughout the campus.
Much like the rest of the county, Gregory Green, with the Young Republicans, says the students say politics has become a moral debate that makes it into their news, social groups, and in the classroom.
"The professors are known to make statements... liberal bias."
Casey Baker, with the Young Democrats, agrees.
But, Baker says it's hard to blame the teachers who try to make a difference.
"Teachers have been given a bad rap for being way too liberal when most teachers I've had, have made an effort to be equal opportunity in their discussion."
Shock value does have it's place on this campus.
Each group keeps track of the other, constantly competing.
Cpiriano says the Young Republicans is only growing and that counts for something.
"We're making a difference and that's what it's all about. We're trying to make a difference on campus because usually people don't talk about conservative views at all on college campuses."
But, they are talking here... even if everyone isn't listening.
The students do agree, it's the same off campus.


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