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Debate Society To Hold Public Discussion On THON Culture

Penn State’s Speech and Debate Society hopes to continue the discussion on the world’s largest stundent-run philanthropy at a public debate event on THON’s impact on student academic success tonight at 6 p.m. in 158 Willard.

“I really think [the debate is] important to critical and constructive conversations surrounding important symbols of Penn State culture,” said President Jordan Todd.

Admittedly, there haven’t been many opportunities for people to speak candidly about THON. Previously, criticisms of THON have been met with serious backlash. Hopefully this event can help change that.

“Ultimately, I’d like the community to leave thinking critically about their involvement, or noninvolvement, in THON,” Todd said. “Hopefully, they come with an open mind that’s receptive to hearing both sides of the argument.”

Although the Speech and Debate Society participates in competitions across the country, events like this are also a part of its mission.

“The Speech and Debate Society competes in inter-collegiate competition, but a more important aspect of our organization is starting important conversations surrounding campus and national issues,” Todd said.

Photo: Alex Bauer/Onward State

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