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Generally, if one feels a burning sensation, chances are high that something has gone wrong and medical attention ought be high on their list of priorities.

And yet, many among us continue to shamelessly and loudly claim that they “Feel the Bern”—a slogan Bernie Sanders benignly allowed to proliferate, though did not create himself.

illustration: Madalyn Drewno • CU Denver Sentry

illustration: Madalyn Drewno • CU Denver Sentry


Bernie Sanders has inspired the college-age cohort at margins unheard of since the initial Obama presidential run—Sanders shows a 70 percent favorability rating among 18-29 year olds, according to a Public Policy Polling poll released late March.

Coincidentally, this age group just so happens to overlap with the cohort who reported the majority of chlamydia cases in 2014, (the most recent year for which data is available), according to the CDC. That age group—Americans aged 15-24—comprised 66 percent of all reported infections that year.

Which raises the question: When “I really feel the burn” gets heard on a college campus, do they mean Sanders or The Clap?

Bernie has gained prominence with younger voters for both his policies and his natural, almost unwitting, ability to make anything he does become memetic. “Bernie Sanders’ Dank Meme Stash”—perhaps the most prominent of the Sanders meme pages on Facebook— has roughly the same amount of members as the whole of the population of Colorado Springs. The page is exactly what it says: a repository of grassroots memes and jokes all revolving around the senator from Vermont.

It makes sense, then, that Sanders would deign to “Feel the Bern”, even if his proposed health care system would issue penicillin prescriptions to anyone presenting those symptoms.

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