Student Debate to be Held At Mount Union November 10

November 10, 2009

The semi-annual Mount Union College Intercollegiate Student Debate will be held Tuesday, November 10 at 5 p.m. in Chapman Hall 202. The topic for the debate will be “Resolved: The attacks on Obama’s healthcare reform are irrationally based on unfounded fear and political posturing.”

Debating in favor of the topic will be Ashland University’s Mariah Dunsingh, Mount Union senior English literature major Kaley Smitley and freshman Jordan Widder.

Debating against the topic will be Mount Union College junior business administration major Brad Kerstetter, freshmen Steve Yacovone and Michael Luburgh and senior political science major Aaron Boothby.

John Frazier, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, will provide the introduction. Dr. Thomas Gannon, professor of education, will serve as moderator. Dr. Rodney Dick, assistant professor of English and director of the Writing Center, will be the chief scorer and judge. Judges for the debate include Theresa Davis, instructor of history; Dr. Angela G. Smith-Alder, associate professor of criminal justice and director of the pre-law program;

Dr. Fendrich Clark, assistant professor of communication; Harry Paidas, chair of the Department of Communication; and Robert Garland, director of libraries. Prizes will be awarded to the winning students by Dr. James Thoma, professor of human performance and sport business and associate dean of the College.

First place prize is $70, second place is $60, third is $50 and certificates will be given to all participants.

This event is free and open to the public. The student debate is organized annually by Dr. Santosh Saha, professor of history.

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