Barack is Back: A Democratic Victory

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Sara Blair Matthews
News Editor

Bucknell Student Government (BSG) hosted a student debate in regards to the 2012 presidential election, which covered topics such as the deficit, education and health care. President John Bravman moderated this event, which took place Nov. 5 from 7-9 p.m. in Trout Auditorium. The conservative side was comprised of Jeff Finegan ’14, Richie Pisano ’15 and Ashley Rooney ’13. The liberal side consisted of Darby Hamilton ’15, Kamran Khan ’14 and John Coleman ’16.

Early on, Bravman posed the question, “Do you believe that college education is a fundamental right to all citizens of the United States?”

The conservatives responded with a firm no, and Finegan took the floor on the issue.

“When government gives you something, government can easily retract that benefit that is given,” Finegan said.

From the liberal side, Khan disagreed.

“Education is the universal equalizer,” he said.

“The right to a college education is fundamental for Americans if they want it,” Coleman said.

Following the panel debate, there was a Q & A portion from students in the audience. Questions arose regarding controversial topics such as gun control and the deficit.

“An increase in spending is leading to an increase in deficit,” Finnegan said.

“The audience was very engaged in the discussion and asked great challenging questions,” Associate Dean of Students Kari Conrad said.

The auditorium was fairly packed, and Conrad was happy with the event turnout. 

“I was impressed with the knowledge base from both teams. I think both sides were well prepared and presented issues from their particular perspectives. Additionally, it was clear that Bucknell students are passionate about the election,” Conrad said.

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