The Value of Debate at a Liberal Arts University

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During my freshman year at Drury, my communications professor convinced me to join the Debate Union. I was hesitant at first, considering I had zero experience in debate and no desire to participate. Debating had never seemed appealing to me, so I wondered what role I could play in this organization. My fears were assuaged, however, once I began working on filming the debaters, judging rounds at tournaments, and assisting the Director in running the…

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What song will you sing on your way to VOTE today? The Tune of the 2016 Presidential Election

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Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite topic: politics. With the presidential election coming to a close, I thought I’d look at the influence our culture has on politics. Musicians and other celebrities have become increasingly more involved in Presidential elections, often creating music for and supporting candidates. This interesting and controversial election season has provided some great fodder for musicians looking for inspiration. Rapper Eminem has recently released a track called “Campaign Speech.” In the 8-minute…

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Hamilton and History

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So much has been written about the Broadway megahit Hamilton: An American Musical that it seems almost impossible to break new ground on the subject. Nevertheless, I am going to contribute to the growing number of articles and posts devoted to the groundbreaking musical. Hamilton certainly deserves its hype: the musical is revolutionary (pun intended) for its complex lyrics, assimilation of contemporary music into theater, diverse cast, and relation to current issues. My interest in…

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