Students watch election results and engage in political discussion

Political Science Association hosts Election Watch Party with debates

By Sydney Faison
On November 16, 2018

Photo by Ian Saint: Carson Jones, president of the PSA, smiles at the success of the Election Watch Party. Students who attended were treated to pizza and drinks as the votes for state elections were tallied on live T.V.

The Political Science Association hosted the Election Watch Party and engaged in debate on Nov. 6 in the Vista Verde Room of Plaza Verde.

"As a political science major and a person who enjoys learning, I think it is important to befriend and listen to people who think differently than you since it promotes civility," said Carson Jones, president of the PSA.

Attendees took part in debates over election reform, individual liberty, morality, pop culture, immigration and qualifications for office. Some specific topics included the abolishment of the electoral college and whether physician-assisted suicide should be made illegal across the U.S.

"It is rewarding to see people who are aware of political issues and are able to form their own opinions," Daniella Favila, PSA historian, said.

Debaters chose whether to agree or disagree with each topic presented and the person who agreed had two minutes to argue their case. The opponent then had three minutes to present their position. Afterward, the first debater had a one-minute rebuttal. A general discussion followed each debate.

"It is great to hear different opinions and see people have a cordial conversation where no one jumps down someone’s throat," said Nicholas Manrique, treasurer of the PSA.

Attendees also received a midterm election predictions survey. The survey asked questions such as: "Who would you like to see win the Texas Senate race?" and "By what percentage of the total vote will a candidate win the race?"

"I joined the Political Science Association because I wanted my views to expand," Shyanne Clevenger, sophomore, said. "The people in the association are open and welcoming,"

Clevenger said the organization is easy to join. Members get the opportunity to network with each other and the association always looks forward to hearing everyone’s views, she said.

The PSA is a nonpartisan organization where discussions of politics and other issues takes place. Many of the members are political science majors, but students of all majors are welcome to join the association.

For more information contact Carson Jones at cjones87@angelo.edu.

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