Elon to host campus debate on political issues – Oct. 25

Moderated by Dick Gordon of "The Story" with American Public Media, participants will discuss the economy, health care and same-sex marriage.


Elon University students, faculty and staff will debate issues related the upcoming presidential election in a public event this Thursday moderated by WUNC’s Dick Gordon of “The Story.”

Four teams representing Democrats, Republicans, Independents and International constituencies will discuss the economy, health care and same-sex marriage with questions from the audience. Issues were selected by a campus vote during a September College Coffee, where the community was invited to place chips into empty fishbowls labeled with a variety of public policy topics.

WHAT: Elon University “Debating the Issues” Program
WHO: University students, faculty and staff on stage; event open to the public at no cost.
WHERE: Whitley Auditorium
WHEN: Thursday, October 25, from 6:30-8 p.m.

A reception will follow the formal program. For information on the students, faculty and staff taking part in the debate, visit www.elon.edu/eudebates.

The program will be broadcast via Elon Local News and WSOE. For more information, contact Professor Tom Arcaro at arcaro@elon.edu or Elon University junior Ben Kashdan at bkashdan@elon.edu.

“The debate on Thursday night will be a great moment for us all to hear a wide variety of opinions on three very important issues facing the United States and impacting the rest of the world,” Arcaro said. ” I am very excited that we have four strong teams ready to share their views, and I think that the inclusion of the international perspective adds a significant and even critical dimension to our understanding. Having Dick Gordon as our guest moderator also is wonderful and I know he will add a dignified touch to the proceedings.”