Final presidential debate creates excitement on campus

As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton continue their public presidential debate performances, Stevenson students themselves are watching and preparing for a campus debate.

debateEvery four years for the past 20 years, according to Dr. Alex Boulton, professor of history, students have weighed in on the presidential campaigns and debates. This four-year election cycle, however, has seen an evolution in the examination of the debates.

THE FINAL DEBATE

This election year, instead of having only one event, on Oct. 19 the campus will host its second of three events for this presidential election. At the second event,  a viewing party for the third debate will be held in Rockland conference room B. In addition, the campus will also host a debate night on Oct. 29 in the Rockland banquet room.

A prior viewing party was held on Sept. 26.

“I was really proud of the turnout for the first one,” said Dr. Ingrid Tulloch, assistant professor of psychology. “I am also looking forward to the second one.” The first debate viewing party had about 60 people in attendance, according to Boulton. The debate also prompted some excellent conversations among students during and afterward, he added.

REPRESENTING YOUR CANDIDATE

The second viewing party will have the same style, students and faculty will view the debate and discuss afterwards the issues and candidates. The third event in this series will allow students to show their support for their respective candidate. Each of the major candidates will be represented by a student, and each representative will answer questions from a moderator. After the question-and-answer portion, members of the audience will be able to ask questions to each group of candidate supporters.

Those interested in participating as a candidate representative or interested in learning more about the events can contact Boulton,  Tulloch, or Professor Christine Noya, assistant professor of business communication, through campus email.

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