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Red vs. Blue: College Democrats and Republicans to Debate

VERMILLION, S.D. — Immigration, climate change and teacher pay in South Dakota are among the topics to be argued next week in the annual debate between the University of South Dakota’s College Democrats and College Republicans.

The always-entertaining event is sponsored by the Political Science League, a student club that organizes trips, brings speakers to campus, hosts an evening film series and hosts other social and academic activities throughout the year. The debate starts at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3, in Old Main’s Farber Hall.

Each team will have three debaters. Some of the topics include immigration, climate change, criminal justice reform, safe places / college campuses, legalization of marijuana, ISIS, refugee crisis, teacher pay in South Dakota and a few other questions that are for fun. The audience will also have the opportunity to ask questions.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News