A host of high school students will debate whether the Electoral College should be abolished when they swarm Sacramento State as part of The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series.
The University will host the Western Regionals of the series Saturday, Oct. 6, with the final round beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the University Union, Redwood Room.
Participants come from high schools across the nation, and Sacramento State will provide the venue for students from 25 schools throughout Northern California, Oregon and Washington.
Sacramento State is one of seven universities hosting regional competitions. The winning team from each regional will then attend the finals at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley on Saturday, Oct. 27, to compete for $35,000 in scholarships.
The public is invited to attend any of the daylong sessions as well as the final round. Early morning competitions will be held in various classrooms beginning at 9. Elimination rounds and semifinals will be held in various rooms in the University Union. Schedules will be posted in the Redwood Room.
The 5:30 p.m. final round will be judged by a panel comprising emeritus Professor and Director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media Barbara O’Connor, State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Sacramento Bee political columnist Dan Walters, California Broadcaster’s Association President Stan Statham, Capital Public Radio’s Beth Ruyak, and Sacramento State alumnus Craig Jones of Ticonderoga Capital.
Panel members will lead a discussion about the role of discourse in public affairs following the debate.
The event is sponsored by the Sacramento State Debate Team working with the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. For more information, visit www.reaganfoundation.org/debates.aspx or email Sacramento State Director of Debate Kristen Tudor at firstname.lastname@example.org. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.
– Craig Koscho