By: Kate Hoeting
NORTHFIELD, MN – Last Tuesday in the class Securing Security: The Political Economy of Violence, senior political science major Trevor Harris raised his hand for the 36th consecutive time. Rather than calling on one of the three women in the twenty-person class, Professor Adeline Moreau called on Harris. At that moment it became clear that Harris knew more than they could ever understand.
“As a person with multiple PhDs, it’s nice to have such a knowledgeable student to put me in my place,” said Professor Moreau. “These poli sci bros are an integral part of the department. And I can tell you with certainty that Harris is not just speaking to show everyone how smart he is. He’s doing it to enrich class discussion.”
But Harris says that he brings even more insight to the classroom.
“To me, it’s important to spout out as many facts as I can,” Harris said as he looked up from a paper copy of The Economist. “Otherwise, how on earth will other students know that the Iranian Green Movement protests to remove Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began on Saturday, February 14th, 2009?”
According to sources in admissions, the political science bros have attracted more women to the discipline.
“It’s been an honor to have him in class,” female student Serena Gobson said. “Each day, he brings a new level of knowledge that I could never understand. And he has the good grace to only interrupt me twice per class.”
Other female students report that to soak up more of his valuable knowledge, they’ve just stopped speaking.