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'Is that true?' Election claims checked in public forum


Dr. Aleisha Karjala, associate professor of political science, talks with members of the Campaigns and Elections class as they prepare to host Just the Facts: Election 2012. The event is a public forum designed to fact check various claims made by the opposing campaigns for the presidency. It is free and open to the public.

'Is that true?' Election claims checked in public forum

 

 

Political science students will fact-check issues surrounding the upcoming presidential election in a public forum scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 in the USAO Ballroom.

The event, titled Just the Facts: Election 2012, is a project designed and run by students participating in a political science class underway at the University of Science and Arts.

 

It is free and open to the public.

 

Dr. Aleisha Karjala, associate professor of political science, tasked her class with creating this event as a way to help students and members of the community cut through rhetoric associated with election cycles.

 

“This event should inform and engage the community and campus by offering an objective standpoint to view the issues of the current election,” Karjala said.

 

The forum will feature a series of questions that the audience will judge as either true or false, as indicated by hand-held signs. Teams of two or more students will offer evidence in the form of statements made by the candidates.

 

Subjects discussed will include the economy, foreign policy, healthcare and social issues.

 

The students are enthusiastic about this opportunity to examine the issues.

 

“I am excited to see any distortion of facts cleared up for myself and the community,” said Kierra Dean, a sophomore music education major from Moore.

 

Senior political science major Jasmin Hampton, of Frederick, encourages community and campus members alike to attend.

 

“We want to create a connection between the campus and community because this is something that affects us all,” Hampton said.

 

“The way we vote on Nov. 6 will have a significant impact on our lives for the next four years and beyond. It is crucial we know the facts in order to make the best informed decision we possibly can.”

 

More information about the event can be obtained by calling 574-1239.