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APSU student debate forum to focus on campus security

The Austin Peay State University Department of Communication will hold its sixth student debate forum from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 23 in Clement Auditorium. The debate is open to the University public and the Clarksville-Montgomery County community.

The topic for this debate is Resolved: APSU campus security should be empowered to conduct random searches of any person and his or her possessions on any university property without need for probable cause.

The Austin Peay State University Department of Communication will hold its sixth student debate forum from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 23 in Clement Auditorium. The debate is open to the University public and the Clarksville-Montgomery County community.

The topic for this debate is Resolved: APSU campus security should be empowered to conduct random searches of any person and his or her possessions on any university property without need for probable cause.

The AP Debate Forum focuses on issues related to students and the community. The Spring 2011 forum will ask students and audience members to consider and discuss positive and negative impacts of campus search policies. The debate will be conducted in a two-round series, with four selected students debating the assigned topic. Students and audience members, apart from the selected debaters, will have the opportunity to speak from the floor during the debate. Participating debaters have been chosen from all on-campus Fundamentals of Public Speaking courses. Participation by all on-campus public speaking students is highly encouraged.

Public speaking is a Tennessee Board of Regents core requirement for all students, which will allow this debate to reach students in every major, and at every stage in their academic career. The AP Debate Forum is an attempt to engage students outside the classroom, as well as to provide them with a platform to use skills and competencies learned in the public speaking course.

Students and members of the audience will have the opportunity to give opinions on issues related to the topic through speaking opportunities and post-debate surveys. This feedback is designed to demonstrate effectiveness of persuasive argumentation and changes in opinion.

For more information regarding the Spring 2011 AP Debate Forum, please contact Stacie Mumpower or Jessica Morris at 931-221-7378 or by email at mumpowers@apsu.edu or morrisjr@apsu.edu.