CU Election Forum, Wednesday, October 29, 1 p.m.

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 21 2008

CONTACT: Concord University Box Office

CU Election Forum, Wednesday, October 29, 1 p.m.

Athens, W.Va. – Students in Concord University’s speech class are hosting an election forum Wednesday, October 29 at 1 p.m. in the main theater of the Alexander Fine Arts Center. Dr. Cory Williams, whose students are organizing the forum, says this is a perfect opportunity to educate students and the public about the candidates and where they stand on issues.

Concord students, Jessica Schueler and Svilen Trifonov, will be delivering informative speeches on the candidates. Schueler will be presenting John McCain’s stance on the war in Iraq, healthcare, the economy and the environment. She is from Jumping Branch and is a senior at Concord University majoring in communication arts. Trifonov, a native of Varna, Bulgaria, and a junior at Concord, will be presenting Barack Obama’s stance on the same issues.

The forum will also include multimedia presentations. Shawn Miser and David Burnside, both communication arts majors from Beckley, have created video presentations on the candidates. Christopher Meadows will be giving a persuasive speech on why he is voting for Republican candidate John McCain. Meadows’s hometown is Beckley. Student Kiwa Nadas, Concord freshman from Charleston, will be voicing her opinion on Barack Obama and why she feels he will be the country’s best choice for president.

“The outcome of this election is going to influence our generation in a great way. We hope the forum will educate people on the facts, so they can make an informed decision when they vote,” Schueler said. “More young people than ever are registered to vote for this election. There are two strong candidates for presidency, so we want people to know who they’re voting for before they cast their ballots.

“I believe that there are many distractions to students that cause them to not care to be informed on issues,” Schuler said. “Also, young people don’t think that who they vote for will directly affect them. Yet with this election, things will be a little different.”

Dr. Cory Williams stated that: “This is a chance to get students involved in the political process. This forum gives students a chance to express an opinion about a candidate and actually influence people.”

The forum will be divided into four parts—biographies, informative speeches, the truth behind the campaign ads, and persuasive speeches on each candidates. Each part is run by the students.

“The broadcasting students have made video biographies for each candidate and the students will be doing the speeches as well,” Williams said. “I’ve tried to step back as much as possible and let them get involved with this process.”

For more information on this or other events taking place in the Alexander Fine Arts Center contact the box office at 1-304-384-5101 or by e-mail at


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Two students contributed to this news release: Andrea Meador from Ghent and Jessica Schueler from Jumping Branch.