BY JULIANNE SAAD/ Staff Writer
On Nov. 6, the Political Science Association (PSA) held a Jeopardy night with political themed questions. In Room 116 of the Union, students were invited to join a team and play to win prizes, including gift baskets for the winning team, all with a movie night theme. The PSA also provided participants with free pizza, snacks and drinks.
The game consisted of one round of Jeopardy, followed by a final Jeopardy question. Categories included “LOL Congress,” “The POTUS” and “‘Murica Facts.” There were four teams of four, and each team had a designated team captain to answer the questions. At the end of the game, following the final Jeopardy round, the team with the most points walked away with the movie night prize baskets.
Mawj Mohammed, president of the PSA, explained the organization’s role on campus.
“We are a non-partisan group,” Mohammed said. “We don’t take sides on political issues; we are simply here to educate others, especially students, about political issues. PSA applies to every major really, because government and politics affect everybody and their lives. Our members are very diverse with their majors, which is cool because there is a stigma that people in other majors besides political science don’t really care about politics. At our meetings we talk about what’s on the news and we share our ideas.”
The PSA chose Political Jeopardy to kick off their string of events in an effort to use something fun and interactive to get students more excited and involved with politics.
“This is a good exercise for people who aren’t politically active or don’t really know anything about politics because they’re going to learn some cool things,” Mohammed said. “I made the game fun and interactive; I made it so people would feel invited to be engaged. It’s also a good way to make some friends and relax and have some fun on a Friday night, all while keeping your brain active.”
Part of the PSA’s mission is to promote political awareness by educating students about how to find politics relatable and to inspire them to want to make a difference.
“Politics isn’t just for people who are older,” Mohammed said. “Our generation’s demographic is not the most prominent in politics, nor are we the most engaged. However, a lot of people complain about political issues, but they could change that if they get involved. The PSA is here to make students more aware of how they could actually change things.”
The Political Science Association meets every Tuesday in the University Center, room 1227, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. For more information, contact Dorian Darden at firstname.lastname@example.org.