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Cumberlands Hosts Live Debate on Presidential Candidates


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — On Tuesday, October 30th students and local Williamsburg citizens gathered in the Gatliff Chapel on University of the Cumberlands (UC) campus to listen to a presidential debate hosted by Phi Alpha Theta, the history historical honor society at UC.

Elizabeth Davis (Van Wert, OH), President of Phi Alpha Theta, began the event introducing Dr. John Broome, UC freshman advisor and retired history professor, as the representative for the Democratic side or President Barak Obama, and Dr. Bruce Hicks, professor of Political Science, who represented the Republican opposition, Governor Mitt Romney.


Dr. Broome shared the beliefs and claims that were made by President Obama during the Presidential Debates and a few of the claims that were made by the opposition, Mitt Romney.

“To begin, I would like to say that I do not hate Republicans,” said Dr. Broome. Broome’s speech during the debate, generally excused Obama for all of the damages to the economy and the national debt, saying that the national situation was not exactly problem free to begin with, before he was inaugurated.

When referring to the beliefs and thoughts that Obama had in regards to education, the college students listened with a mindful ear about the possible changes in funding and financial aid for pursuing secondary education depending on either of the candidates.

Dr. Hicks presented the Republican side of the debate, and shared Romney’s thoughts on the upcoming changes that would begin if he were voted into office. Hicks addressed the astonishing numbers that symbolized the decline in economic growth rate and stated that the U.S.A was headed in the wrong direction. “It will take another 2 years for the economy to get back on its feet from the recession that occurred nearly 5 years ago!” said Hicks.

Students were then given the opportunity that many had been anxiously waiting for, during the lectures, scribbling their questions on the backs of their convocation attendance cards. Questions varied, from wanting to hear the thoughts on abortion to questioning the homosexual rights and Obama care.

Dr. Hicks and Dr. Broome answered the questions to the best of their abilities, and thanked the students for taking such an active interest in the presidential election, encouraging them to vote on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

Founded in 1974, the Upsilon-Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society in history, holds the distinction of being both the oldest and the most frequently honored society at University of the Cumberlands. Phi Alpha Theta has for years recognized Upsilon-Upsilon as the best chapter in its division. As one of the most active organizations on campus, Upsilon-Upsilon sponsors a popular lecture series, fundraisers, social events, and publishes the scholarly journal, The Upsilonian.

For more information contact the History and Political Science Department at 606-539-4270.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article provided by Tiera Ball, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia & Athletic Services Student Assistant