Master debaters from the left and right clash on ACA

Connor Moriarty, For The Miami Student College Democrats and College Republicans held a debate Wednesday night to discuss the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) and the effects it has on the United States. According to College Democrats secretary Jace Smith, the debate was the first debate between the two college parties since 2008 and party representatives agreed the meeting went very well. “It has been so long since we have had a debate together,” College Republicans President Katey Papin said. “So it was fun to discuss an important issue while raising awareness to others.” Five members represented each side at the debate. The Republicans had Katey Papin, Bobby DeJohn, Charlie Meyer, Bethany Nye and Riley Cook. The Democrats had Jace Smith, Greg Baumgartner, Eden Thompson, Keary Jarussi and Matthew Rieger. Moderated by political science professor Brian Danoff, the debate consisted of opening statements from both sides, four total topics with opportunity for rebuttal, closing statements and audience questions. After a quick overview of what Obamacare is, Democrat Smith began his opening statement with a personal story representing how the topic of health care has and will affect people for generations. “What we are debating, everything we say affects real people with real lives,” Smith said. Republican Papin began her opening statement with examples of how Obamacare is full of false promises and fails to fix the problems the U.S....

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Keeping the faith: Student organizations call for equal religious accomodations

Connor Moriarty & Mariah Schlossmann, For The Miami Student As a university where the main religion is Christianity, Miami is making efforts to promote a more religiously diverse campus and increase awareness to more religious groups. According to the 2011 Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Survey that addressed the religion of registered first-year students, 32 percent identify as Roman Catholic, and approximately 65 percent identify themselves as some Christian denomination. Co-campus director of the Miami Navigators, a Christian group on campus, Mark Smith said he is not surprised that the majority of students at Miami identify themselves as Christian. “The majority of the country is Christian,” he said. “Miami’s campus seems to holds true to that number.” 77 percent of the adult US population identify themselves with a Christian religion according to the Gallup Daily Tracking Survey, an organization that tracks nationwide statistics. Mormonism and Judaism follow that percentage at 2.1 percent and 1.7 percent of the population respectively. Smith said he believes that part of the religious diversity on campus can be credited to Miami’s demographics. “Being mostly caucasian students from the suburbs, there isn’t a cultural precedence for interest in Muslim, Buddhism, Hinduism, etcetera.” Smith said.  “And the vast majority of our international population is Chinese who culturally are not religious.” Aminata Coulibaly, treasurer for Muslim Students’ Association (MSA), said MSA does not receive adequate attention from...

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