Professor promotes special Oct. 20 campus presiden...

Professor promotes special Oct. 20 campus presidential debate

A professor who’s bringing three presidential candidates to MTSU for a campus debate — figuratively — was the guest on a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Dr. Patrick Richey

Dr. Patrick Richey

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Pat Richey, director of forensics and the MTSU Debate Team coach, first aired Oct. 10 on WMOT-FM/Roots Radio 89.5 and You can listen to their conversation below.

The subject is “Think Before You Vote,” a discussion among three top student debaters who will portray three contenders for the White House, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in the State Farm Lecture Hall of the Business and Aerospace Building.

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A moderator will pose questions to students playing the roles of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Republican nominee Donald Trump and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson. Participants will attempt to avoid referring to tabloid topics or personal attacks.

“We try to stick as close as possible to the actual candidates without getting any of the hearsay in there … so the audience can get an idea of what the policies are and what they want to do with said policies,” said Richey.

Drs. Kaylene Gebert, a professor of communication studies and organizational communication, and Robb McDaniel, a political science professor, will add comments and context after the discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Richey at 615-898-2273 or

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at

For more information about “MTSU On the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.