Braxton Miller, President Gee highlight Ohio State diversity in video
Published: Friday, November 30, 2012
Updated: Friday, November 30, 2012 12:11
A video all about the “Buckeye spirit” is getting attention on the Internet.
On the subject of Ohio State’s attitude towards diversity, the Undergraduate Student Government produced a video that has been viewed more than 8,400 times since it was released Nov. 13.
To the tune of The Black Eyed Peas’ song “One Tribe,” the roughly two-minute clip was filmed with students and staff holding up cardboard posters with messages promoting respect for diversity. The video notably includes appearances from OSU President E. Gordon Gee, OSU sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, and USG President Taylor Stepp.
“This video is a refreshing reminder of the values we all share,” said Nick Hampton, a third-year in psychology. “It basically represents everything Ohio State stands for.”
Hampton was the editor and production manager of the video. He worked alongside video director Arslan Sheikh, a third-year in political science.
“USG worked together to film it to encapsulate the Ohio State community and the Buckeye spirit,” Sheikh said. Hampton said they took the project “very seriously.”
“A lot of hard work went into it,” Hampton said. “It took an hour to edit the song and close to one-and-a-half hours for every 20 seconds.”
The video is being shared and linked throughout the OSU community and beyond. Some alumni have taken note of the video, and Sheikh said he even received a compliment from someone as far away as Thailand.
“I think it represents a lot (of diversity) because it represents a lot of different races," said Katie Bean, a first-year in industrial and systems engineering. "It shows how we all come together as Buckeyes.”
The video was a way for students to rally together against bullying and become one in the Buckeye community.
“It’s incredible to see this university come together as one for a message we believe so wholeheartedly in,” Sheikh said.
According to the USG website, the 2012 freshman class of more than 7,000 students, is composed of 8.2 percent international students and 17.2 percent students of color. More than 175 majors are represented as well.
“Ohio State is taking great strides on this campus. Diversity is something we as a university care wholeheartedly about and we’re completely committed and focused on (it), and the video expresses that,” Sheikh said.
He said the OSU community is larger than divisions of race, sexuality, gender or country of origin.
“It doesn’t matter who you are or where you came from, we are Buckeyes through and through,” Sheikh said.