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October 20, 2012

Just the Facts: Election 2012

CHICKASHA — A group of political science students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma are calling students, faculty and community members to break down the facts of this year's presidential election at USAO on Tuesday.

Just the Facts: Election 2012 will be held in the USAO Ballroom, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23.

Dr. Aleisha Karjala, associate professor of political science at USAO, is the woman behind the idea. She gave her 'Campaigns and Elections' class the assignment of hosting and preparing an event of this style.

"This event should inform and engage the community and campus by offering an objective standpoint to view the issues of the current election," Karjala said.

Chris Collins, one of the nine students explained what the students will be doing.

"Each of us will be speaking and sharing information on various subjects, like the economy, health care, social issues, and foreign policy," Collins said. "My role is just as another student helping organize and conduct the event."

Students encourage Chickasha residents to attend, according to Jasmin Hampton.

"We want to create a connection between the campus and community because this is something that affects us all," Hampton said.

Just the Facts: Election 2012 will feature several questions that the audience will be asked to decide whether they think it's true or false. Hand held signs will be given to the audience to increase participation and feedback. After the crowd judges their take on the issues, small groups of students will provide evidence, supported by statements made directly from the candidates.

"With any luck, those who attend will leave a bit better informed about where the candidates stand on the issues and what their background on those issues really is," Collins said. "We'll take information from the candidates themselves, along with nonpartisan fact checkers, and help clear up common misconceptions."

The USAO Ballroom is located on the second floor of the Student Center at 1727 West Alabama Ave, Chickasha, OK 73018. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

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