Students Focus on Tea Party Politics in Campus Debate

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University students will explore a politically charged topic in an Oct. 26 event dubbed “Modern Politics: The Tea Party Debate.”

A one-minute, 21-second video with the same title has been posted on CSU’s YouTube channel to promote the noon-2:30 p.m. Tuesday debate at the main campus clock tower. The event is free and open to the public.

Organized by students in CSU’s Honors Program, the debate’s format will divide student panelists into Pro-Tea Party, Anti-Tea Party and Moderate factions, with each group given two minutes to respond to each of five questions presented by moderator Greg Domin, associate professor of political science. Panelists will be from the Honors Program and two collaborating groups, Students for Political Awareness and Students for a Democratic Society.

“The Honors Program would like to present a fair representation of student supporters, looking carefully and critically at all sides of this modern political issue,” said Jarred Wiehe, the Honors Program student organizing the debate. “In teaming up with SPA and SDS, we knew we could reach the biggest pool of politcally active CSU students and hopefully wrangle in those students who may not be informed enough for the upcoming elections.”

Wiehe said the Honors Program hopes this will be the first in a series of debates or forums dealing with issues that touch students’ lives. He said the promotional video for the Tea Party Debate was conceived as a means of using entertainment to attract students.

“I know that students, including myself, can get apathetic around November,” Wiehe said. “I'm thinking about turkey and midterms, not midterm elections. Hopefully, the (debate) will combat that apathy and really engage the uninformed student.”