CU Collegiate Historians Sponsoring Event to Watch Vice Presidential and Presidential Debates

By Jessica Boggs, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Residents of Taylor County are invited to join Campbellsville University students in watching the upcoming vice presidential and presidential debates.

The Campbellsville University Collegiate Historians, along with the CU Pre-Law Society, will host “DebateWatch” events on Thursday, Oct. 2 and Tuesday, Oct. 7. The events will feature the live debates shown on a large projection screen and a discussion of the candidates and issues after the debates have concluded.

Both events will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will be held in the Winters Dining Hall on the Campbellsville University campus. The events are free and open to both university students and the public. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.

“DebateWatch” is a voter education program created by the Commission on Presidential Debates. During each debate, people all over the country will join together in homes, schools and libraries to learn more about the election and the issues surrounding it.

Dr. Wendy Benningfield, associate professor of history at Campbellsville University and faculty advisor for the Collegiate Historians, said that this is an important event that will help bring the campus and community together.

“We are holding the ‘DebateWatch’ events because this is an historic election, and it is important that every voter be aware of the issues and the candidates’ positions on them. I hope that everyone will join us to witness these significant debates,” she said.

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,601 students who represent 93 Kentucky counties, 27 states and 31 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South for the second consecutive year. CU has been ranked 16 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his tenth year as president.

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