Centre College supports an engaged community of students and global citizens who are committed to remaining informed about issues on state, national and international levels. To that end, the Student Government Association (SGA) recently held a panel discussion between the College’s political organizations to inform students on the top issues that may be of interest during Centre’s upcoming gubernatorial debate between Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and Louisville businessman Matt Bevin.
On Tuesday, Sept. 29, students filled Vahlkamp Theatre to listen to delegates speak on a variety of issues facing the Commonwealth, including higher education costs, the use of coal, same-sex marriage rights, universal healthcare coverage (“Kynect”) and a statewide indoor smoking ban.
“SGA held the event to inform students about the candidates participating in the gubernatorial debate and the issues facing Kentucky as well as certain politicians’ and particular parties’ views,” SGA representative Carly Jewell ’16 said.
Students on the panel were invited to share their opinions in addition to those of the party they represented on the issues at hand. Among those participating were (pictured above, l to r) Cyrus Dutton ’19 and Peyton Cuzzart ’19 from Centre Republicans; Dennis Barrett ’16 from Centre Democrats; and David Mauer ’18 and Corey Rusko ’16 from the College’s chapter of Young Americans for Liberty.
Austin Ryan ’17 served as the panel moderator and commented on each gubernatorial candidate’s perspective on issues and information about the race provided by recent media polls.
A majority of students who completed SGA’s post-debate survey reported that the event had greatly increased their knowledge of issues facing Kentucky this election season.
“We hoped students would become more educated voters,” Jewell says, “or, at the very least, be more informed about topics that may be discussed during the gubernatorial debate on Oct. 6.”
by Hayley Hoffman ‘16
October 1, 2015