‘Nerdfighters’ club starts at Troy

Scott McLendon
Staff Writer
“Nerdfighteria” is beginning to bud on the campus of Troy University. “Nerdfighters,” which make up the community of “Nerdfighteria,” are followers of John and Hank Green’s educational creations and began as a way to “increase awesome and decrease suck.”
The “vlogbrothers” made Youtube videos explaining and teaching lessons on everyday school subjects such as physics and English. Education was their first method of increasing our Earth’s level of “awesome.”
Green went on to write several famous novels such as “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Looking for Alaska.” The author gained much of his cult-like following from these books.
“I was introduced to John Green
through a crash course history video of his,” said Christian Catrett, a freshman theater major from Troy. “Later I saw that the movie ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ had his name associated with it. I learned more from watching John and Hank’s videos than I did in any high school class. They make the information interesting and they want to share their knowledge.”
The “nerdfighters” decrease what they call “worldsuck” through education.
They also use charities to help solve some of our world’s issues.
“‘Nerdfighters’ find a cause to fight for and raise money to help with the problem,” said Sean Alvarez, a sophomore economics major from San Diego. “John and Hank will match the amount of money donated in some cases.”
An interest meeting was held last week by Bala Thumma, a senior computer science major from Hyderabad, India.
“I really just wanted to get the word out and see if anyone else had heard of ‘Nerdfighteria’ or was interested,” Thumma said. “The goal is to grow a following and pick up a local charity to help people in need and decrease ‘worldsuck.’”
The second meeting will be held Friday, Aug. 28, at 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Trojan Center.

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