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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

NKU to host live digital polling during
vice presidential debate Thursday night

Students, faculty and community leaders will again use the latest digital technology at the Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics as they watch the 9 p.m. vice presidential debate on Oct. 11. More than 125 people will gather in Griffin Hall Thursday night to watch the vice presidential debate on the George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium’s 15’ x 25’ electronic screen and participate in live digital polling.

As the debate progresses, questions will flash on the screen and the audience will immediately vote on which candidate best made their point and who is winning the debate.

An hour before the debate begins, NKU professors from the departments of communication, history and political science will present an informal lecture on the history of vice presidential debates and key points to watch. That panel will include Dr. Steven Weiss, a communication studies professor who has written the argumentation textbook “Making Arguments: Reason in Context.”

“During the first presidential debate,” Weiss said “students texted their immediate responses to poll questions about the candidates’ performance. Their responses mirrored those of the wider American audience, who viewed the debate as a clear Romney win. With some tightening in the race, the vice-presidential contest could have a significant effect.”

Free pizza and beverages will be available for audience members during the informal 8 p.m. pre-debate lecture.

From NKU