Mount Union Students Participate in Debate

November 15, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — A student debate was held on Tuesday, November 13 at the University of Mount Union. The topic was “Resolved: Conservative Austerity Budgets with Substantial Cuts in Federal and State Budgets are Both Economically Harmful and Morally Wrong.”

University President Richard F. Giese provided the introduction. Dr. Lee Gray, professor of geology, served as moderator. Dr. Rodney F. Dick, chair of the Department of English and associate professor of English, served as chief judge and chief scorer. The opening song was performed by freshman Elizabeth Wheeler of Minerva, OH. Judges for the debate included Robert Garland, director of libraries; Theresa Davis, professor of history; Dr. Fendrich Clark, assistant professor of communication and Dr. Francis Schortgen, professor of political science and international studies.

Participants debating for the solution included junior international studies major Daniel Kravchenko of Hartville, OH and senior political science major Matthew Fahey of Akron, OH. Participants that argued against the solution included Edmond Jaber (Walsh University), Adam Stilgenbauer (Walsh University), freshman Andrew Rojek of North Canton, OH and junior international studies major Elizabeth Haavisto of Massillon, OH.

Because budget cutting is a popular topic due to the recent presidential elections, all participants had a lot to say.

“It is impossible to spend your way out of debt,” Haavisto stated. “There is an addiction to depending on the government to provide.”

 “Cuts eliminate social security, jobs and children services,” Kravchenko argued. “We need to seek alternatives.”

Prizes were awarded to the top four debaters. Fourth place was awarded to Daniel Kravchenko, third place was given to Matt Fahey, second place was given Adam Stilgenbauer and the first place prize was awarded to Elizabeth Haavisto.

The debate is organized annually by Dr. Santosh C. Saha, professor of history at Mount Union.

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