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Moreland brings politics to PV

By Panther Contributor
On October 17, 2013

 With reality television, music and sports shows capturing Prairie View students attention, some believe there is no center for political discussion for Prairie View students. However many are asking whether PV is ready for a program that focuses specifically on politics.
 KPVU media channel 55 kicked off the semester with its returning show P.S. It's Sports but the channel is looking to expand into more political programing.
 Meet The Panthers is a political commentary show created by Donnie Moreland a junior sociology major. It was designed after programming on MSNBC and CNN. Moreland and his show producer, junior business marketing major Ramone Williams II, created the name after Meet the Press but wanted to give a personal spin to the show.
Moreland stated that he created the show to push students to engage in conversation regarding political and economic debate.
"The show allows students to present their arguments about different topics that happen in our world that affects us students and the community," said Moreland.
As the show progressed into the semester, Moreland struggled to find students to participate in the strong discussions.
"All students have the capacity to be on the show, and as college students we have an obligation to be aware of world events and politics as they affect us", said Moreland.
Topics that were recently discussed in the show included homosexuality in Russia, the crisis in Syria, and the government shutdown.
"I'm interested in the show, I like the show because it brings topics that people normally don't listen to. Since freshman year when I entered into the TV studio room everything was centered around sports. We needed this new show and we needed a new perspective on campus," said sophomore music major Adam Jones.
Michael West, co-station manager, understood that students were trying to give other students besides mass communication or political science majors the opportunity to grasp this type of political commentary by creating the show.
West states that even though there have been recent events that have brought negative attention to Prairie View he expects the show to bring a more positive and intelligent image to the campus.
"Our purpose is to get the students involved, and have them come and speak of various segments, but in order to do reach that level we need serious students", said Williams. "Even though it's cliché, we are trying to show that Prairie View produces productive people, not productive twerkers."
Moreland and Williams continue to look for Panther students that are willing to debate and discuss political topics.
"Ultimately this show is a resource for students who want to be informed about world events," said Moreland.

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