Student Debate to be Held at Mount Union on March 24

March 25, 2010

The semi-annual Mount Union College Intercollegiate Student Debate will be held on Wednesday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Chapman Hall 11. The topic for the debate will be “Resolved: Greater government involvement in economic and social affairs is good for the United States at the present time.”

Participants debating in favor of the topic include Mount Union freshmen Steven Kandray, Kody Severino and Taylor Yoder, a physical education major.

Debating against the topic include Mount Union junior business administration major Bradley Kerstetter, senior English literature major Kaley Smitley and freshman Steve Yacovone. 

John Frazier, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, will provide the introduction.  Dr. Thomas Gannon, professor of education and co-chair of the Department of Education, will serve as moderator. Judges for the debate include Dr. Francis Schortgen, assistant professor of political science and international studies; Theresa Davis, instructor of history; Dr. Fendrich Clark, assistant professor of communication; Robert Garland, director of libraries; Harry Paidas, associate professor in residence, chair of the Department of Communication and assistant to the president for community affairs; and Frank Tascone, assistant professor of English.

Dr. James Thoma, professor of human performance and sport business and associate dean of the College, will distribute prizes to the winning students.  First place prize is $70, second place is $60 and third is $50. Certificates will be awarded to all participants.

The debate is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served beginning at 5 p.m.  The student debate is organized annually by Dr. Santosh Saha, professor of history, and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Saha at (330) 823-2482 or

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