10/18/2012 12:50 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

WATCH: Most University Of Tampa Students Cannot Name the 2012 Vice Presidential Candidates

To start, I must confirm: On the whole, students at the University of Tampa seem wicked smart, energetic about learning, and engaged with the world and breaking news. That is why the video below is so sigh-inducing.

Just before the recent debate between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan, Adam Gomes, a student in a multimedia journalism class of mine, strolled around campus real quick with a flip cam.

His aim: determine how much-- if anything-- students knew about the candidates. He started with simply asking people for their names. It did not go extremely well. Check it out for yourself.