Mount Union to Host Intercollegiate Student Debate

November 06, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — A student debate will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13 in Chapman Hall Room 202 at the University of Mount Union. This year’s debate topic is “Resolved: Conservative Austerity Budgets with Substantial Cuts in Federal and State Budgets are Both Economically Harmful and Morally Wrong.”

University President Richard F. Giese will provide the introduction. Dr. Lee Gray, professor of geology, will serve as moderator. Dr. Rodney F. Dick, chair of the Department of English and associate professor of English, will serve as chief judge and chief scorer. The opening song will be performed by freshman Elizabeth Wheeler of Minerva, OH. Judges for the debate will include Robert Garland, director of the 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 will include junior international studies major Daniil Kravchenko of Hartville, OH; freshman Breanna Geraci of Avon Lake, OH; freshman Thomas Swank of Sebina, OH; and senior political science major Matthew Fahey of Akron, OH. Participants arguing against the solution include 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.

Prizes will be awarded to the winning students. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. The debate is organized annually by Dr. Santosh C. Saha, professor of history at Mount Union.

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