On April 3rd, 2008 Levermore Global Scholars Vivian Fridas and Laura Grodin, in association with V.O.T.E.R., put on the program "Who Are You Voting For?" The program consisted of a lecture by Professor Hugh Wilson entitled "The 6 Major Issues of the 2008 Election" and a reading of Professor Levy's speech "The Fundamental Differences Between Republicans and Democrats." The goal of this initiative was to increase the Adelphi community's awareness about the issues that Americans are confronted with in this election.
October 22, 2008
On October 22nd, LGS junior Laura Grodin organized a mock Presidential Debate. This was a great opportunity for Adelphi community to get to know the policies of both Barack Obama and John McCain. Barack Obama’s policies were presented by Xavier Axelrod, while John McCain’s policies were presented by Michael Duffy. Political Science Department’s Dr. Wilson served as the moderator, asking both Xavier and Michael questions concerning the economy, taxes, war, environment, and education. After the moderator’s questions, the audience was given a chance to ask their own questions based on the candidates’ policies. The mock debate was a great educational experience, as the voters were able to personally ask “candidates” questions to help them decide who would be the better president for our country.
Written by Roshini Givergis '12
"Who Are You Voting For?"
April 3, 2008
After Professor Wilson's lecture and a reading of Professor Levy's speech, four student speakers took the floor and represented the remaining candidates in the race: Jennifer Cohen (LGS) for Barack Obama, Michael Duffy for John McCain, Victoria Lombardi for Ron Paul, and Katie Quintana for Hillary Clinton. These students gave a brief summary of what each of their candidates stand for. This served to help the audience gain clarity about the candidates' beliefs on various social, economic, political and ethical issues. In addition, Vivian spoke about the ideological differences and tendencies of the Democratic and the Republican parties and helped the audience obtain a better understanding of the main lines of divisions on the American political scene.
The program was held in the UC lobby in an open forum so that students could filter in and out as they pleased. Laura and Vivian also passed out flyers about the V.O.T.E.R. program and a website where college students can register to vote.
Written by Laura Grodin '10 and Vivian Fridas '10