Two political events related to the United States presidential election will be held on campus Monday and Tuesday, October 27 and 28: a student debate aims to inform undecided voters and a faculty panel will cover key issues.
The UTC Political Science Club is sponsoring a debate between UTC College Democrats and Campus Republicans on Monday, October 27 at 7 p.m. in the Benwood Auditorium. In a non-partisan way, participants hope to inform undecided voters on key presidential election issues. President of the UTC Political Science Club, Allyson Smith, and Katherine Wells will be the non-partisan moderators.
Democrats and Republicans will each have four student panelists who will respond to questions relevant to the issues college students find important.
“Each team will have 90 seconds to respond to a question, and then 45 seconds for a rebuttal,” Smith said. “We will discuss foreign policy, the Supreme Court, healthcare, and tax questions. Also, I have included campaign ethics questions and higher education issues.”
Smith said the debate is “student owned and operated. I am looking forward to a spirited debate.”
The University Honors Program will sponsor a political panel to discuss issues in the upcoming presidential election on Tuesday, October 28, 12:15-1:30 p.m. in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center. Panelists will discuss these issues:
Foreign Policy: Dr. Fouad Moughrabi (Political Science Department )
The Economy: Dr. Bento Lobo (Finance Department)
Health Care: Dr. Clifton Cleaveland (University Honors Program)
The Supreme Court: Dr. Joanie Sompayrac (Accounting Department and the University Honors Program)
The Environment: Dr. David Aborn (Biological and Environmental Sciences Department)
The campus community is invited to bring lunch and join this lively discussion. Dessert and drinks will be provided. Students are especially encouraged to attend.