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IU Northwest presidential debate party featured on Chicago's WLS-TV Channel 7 News

Undecided students, staff sound off on candidates

A debate viewing party at Indiana University Northwest on Wednesday drew Chicago media attention, as WLS-TV Channel 7 sent reporter Stacey Baca and a camera crew to the Gary campus to speak with voters who came out to watch the final meeting between presidential hopefuls Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama.

The event was featured in a lead-off segment on Indiana and Wisconsin voters that aired on the 10 p.m. broadcast Wednesday night. To see last night's Channel 7 report, visit the Web at and click on the story "Ind., Wis. voters react to debate."

A mix of students, faculty, staff, and community members attended the event in Moraine Student Center, and several went before the cameras to discuss their views of the candidates less than three weeks before Election Day. It was the third debate viewing party held at the campus this month.

Tonight, the political action continues as the IU Northwest School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Alpha Gamma Phi chapter of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society draw on the preceding debates for a moderated presidential forum, “What is at Stake in this Election?”

Arguing the Democratic view will be IU Northwest Professor of Sociology Jack Bloom, Ph.D., and IU Northwest student Heather Walker. Arguing the Republican view will be Purdue University Calumet Professor of Political Science Maurice Eisenstein, Ph.D., and IU Northwest student Christopher Mercado. Topics will include the war in Iraq, healthcare, foreign policy, and the economy. Ms. Sandra Hall Smith of SPEA is the moderator for the event.

The forum will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 105 C of the Library Conference Center, located on the IU Northwest campus just north of 35th Avenue. Light refreshments will be served. Parking will be available in the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway.



Media Contact:

Christopher Sheid

Michelle Searer

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Channel 7 report: "Ind. Wis. voters react to debate

Photo by Christopher Sheid/IU Northwest Office of Marketing and Communications
Lake County Sheriff Roy Dominguez chats with IU Northwest Professor of Sociology Jack Bloom during the presidential debate viewing party held in the Moraine Student Center on Wednesday. Dominguez, an IU Northwest alumnus, was one of about 30 people who attended the third and final campus debate event, which was featured on the WLS-TV Channel 7 News at 10 p.m. that night.
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