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February 11, 2014

C-SPAN stops at Oklahoma State on tour of Big 12 Conference

STILLWATER, Okla. — A C-SPAN bus featuring political resources and mobile video production equipment visited Oklahoma State University’s campus Tuesday. Students were able to tour the network’s bus and learn more about C-SPAN.

Marketing Representative Lashawna Saint-Preux said the bus is making its seventh stop on a tour of Big 12 Conference schools.

“We are visiting 10 schools over six weeks, and we are here to do community outreach to inform students about C-SPAN and what it is that we do,” Saint-Preux said.

C-SPAN visited Stillwater in partnership with Suddenlink Cable to inform students of the free educational resources C-SPAN has to offer.

“We also have an extensive video library with over 200,000 hours of video dating back to 1987,” Saint-Preux said.

C-SPAN often shows House and Senate meetings, but the meetings are unedited and don’t have commentary.

“We just take the footage as is and we present it on air,” Saint-Preux said.

C-SPAN’s resources are available online at C-SPAN is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization. The network’s goal is to present information to the public and let them make a decision.

“College students are very important because we have an election coming up, and they are the ones that are voting,” Saint-Preux said. “We want them to make an informed decision.”

Kevin Gonzales, Oklahoma State University senior political science major, said he learned C-SPAN does more than just cover Congressional meetings.

“They cover the state address from Oklahoma,” Gonzales said, “I had no idea they even did stuff like that.”

Gonzales said he appreciated the information the network offers and hopes more people will take advantage of political information.

“I think all of us need to probably become a little bit more educated citizens before we vote on things,” Gonzales said.

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