SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - If PBS's Jim Lehrer, CNN's Candy Crowley, ABC's Martha Raddatz and CBS's Bob Schieffer can moderate presidential election debates so can SRU's President Cheryl Norton.
Norton will take on the task when Pi Sigma Alpha, the campus political science honorary, hosts "The Next Great Presidential Debate" at 8 p.m., Oct. 30, in Spotts World Culture Building Auditorium.
Debate participants will include representatives of the SRU College Democrats, SRU College Republican and SRU Libertarians. The panelists will present President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney's positions on a number of major issues in the campaign.
The presidential election is Nov. 6.
Panelists will be:
The format of the debate was set by the honorary. It also picked the topics and selected the questions, which were shared in advance with the panelists. Norton will also ask an undisclosed question prepared by David Kershaw, assistant professor of political science, and Sharon Sykora, associate professor of political science.
Justin D'Antonio, political science major from Butler;
- Dane Patricelli, a safety management major from Butler;
- Jennifer Brozovich, a political science major from Pittsburgh;
- Emily Buck, resort recreation management major from Kempton;
- Chris Penco, history major from Allison Park;
- Josh Weitzel, political science major from Prospect;
- Ciera Cramer, political science major from Salem, Ohio;
- Aristotle Vincent Piso, political science major from Cranberry Township;
- Keith Crandell, political science major from Pittsburgh; and
- Becky Solomon, political science major from Cranberry Township.
The plan calls for a brief introduction by Norton, then six question segments, each running six minutes - two minutes for each of the three debate teams followed by one-minute rebuttals from each team
Each team will also be given two minutes for closing statements at the end of the debate.
WSRU-FM, 88.1, will live-stream the debate.
The questions to be presented are: