Spring Hill, Tenn. junior Elias Thompson has Bowling Green resident Caesar Guerra sign that he plans to vote for Andy Beshear in the Nov. 5 gubernatorial election. “We set a goal to knock on 1 million doors and we’re halfway to that goal,” said Cody Pruitt on Oct.3. Pruitt is the head of the Bowling Green campaign for Andy Beshear. “It’s something that no campaign has done before, we really couldn’t do it without all of our volunteers.”

From the magazine: Young and partisan

From right to left to somewhere in between, there are political organizations on the Hill for students who want to voice their beliefs, and students align themselves with like-minded individuals within these groups. This photo story explores the inner workings of political involvement on WKU’s campus.

Spring Hill, Tenn., junior Elias Thompson and White House, Tenn., sophomore Julianna Lowe plan out their route for door-to-door campaigning for Andy Beshear on Oct. 5. “We’ve been doing this since the first week of August,” Lowe said. “It would be great to know that we were part of the campaign that turned Kentucky into a blue state.” Beshear, a Democrat who ran for the position of governor of Kentucky, won the election against incumbent Governor Matt Bevin on Nov. 5.
Hendersonville, Tenn., junior Creeson Martin dials phone numbers of Kentucky voters for the Andy Beshear campaign on Oct. 3. “I came to volunteer because this is such an important race,” Martin said. “We have seen the public opinion shift against Matt Bevin, and if we can get him out of office, there’s a great chance that Kentucky can become a blue state for the presidential election next year.”


Jeb Veeck, member of the WKU College Republicans, leads the topic of discussion towards opinion on the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump on Oct. 8. “We try to get our feel of what are values are as a club at every meeting by talking about current issues,” Veeck said.
Kentucky State Representative in the 20th district Patti Minter, who is also a history professor at WKU, leads a discussion in her world history class on Oct. 25. “I’m not doing anything different in the classroom from 1993 when I started,” Minter said. “I’m here to teach people how to read sources about the past, understand them on their own terms, learn how to think critically about them, how to analyze them, and how to use evidence to make an argument. I think the thing that bothers me most about many contemporary political debates is that people need to understand why they think what they do. Regardless of your political beliefs, everyone needs to understand how to use evidence to make your argument, and if you can’t do that, maybe you need to rethink what you believe and why.”