NDSU Brains Talk Hot-Button Topics for Point of View
Published: Monday, October 28, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 28, 2013 14:10
Six students suited up for an interview with host Chris Berg for the TV show, 6:30 Point of View, last Wednesday, Oct. 23. The question and answer-styled conversation took place in Morrill Hall room 107 around noon.
Berg, accompanied and assisted by a producer, cameraman and boom microphone operator, planned this out-of-the-way assembly to attempt to “get inside the mind of a Millennial.”
When asked why he chose NDSU pupils for the interview, Berg laughed and said, “NDSU was the first to say yes—the students here are… very bright, too.”
The intellectual Bison were put on showcase during the hour and a half long forum. Lively discussion filled the warm classroom as students from all backgrounds spoke their minds on a plethora of topics.
Ian Godfrey, a senior studying political science, sat through the talks. He said that he was informed of this interview via email.
“An email [sent by] the NDSU student government PR team stated that [KX4] wanted to interview some college students on a wide variety of issues,” said Godfrey, “and I agreed [to participate.]”
Muddi Kpohraror, a senior studying social science who doubles as the Executive Commissioner of Public Relations, sent out the email and played an instrumental role planning the conference. Kpohraror even reluctantly joined the conversation as well after a possible interviewee was found to be older than the desired “Millennial demographic.”
Millennials, also known as Gen-Yers, are customarily thought to have been born between the early 1980s through the year 2000, thus making the NDSU college students to be prime specimens.
Berg spoke candidly upon a horde of topics, ranging from politics to education to the job market.
“We are going to be the future for the job market,” said Student Senator Aaron Yaggie, a senior studying agriculture economics, “[so we] are important.”
An ample amount of time was also spent discussing government and what its role in society should be. Later, students had the opportunity to look directly into the camera and tell viewers what they thought needed to be done to correct America’s woes.
Other subjects were taken from View’s Facebook page, stemming from questions posed by fans of the page. Topics included whether the education system needs repair, salaries of post-secondary university officials, ObamaCare and gun control.
This interactive model is nothing new, according to Berg.
“6:30 Point of View is the only interactive show in the area,” said Berg. “We really encourage viewers to add their voices to the conversation [via social network sites.]”
The interview was not complete after the cameras were powered down. Berg and his crew invited the students to the TV studios on Nov. 7 to watch the airing of this Wednesday’s interview and then speak in a live question and answer segment on the show.
“We are the future,” said Yaggie. And the future is about to be heard.
6:30 Point of View airs on weeknights at 6:30 on KXJB Channel 4.