|Published:||Oct 22, 2012 6:50 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 23, 2012 10:44 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- Students and teachers at Florida Gulf Coast University organize student debate ahead of Monday's final presidential showdown.
Representatives from FGCU's College Republicans and College Democrats groups will debate the issues important to young voters starting at 8:00 Monday.
"I'm looking forward to getting a job and being able to have an opportunity out in the community and if there's limited opportunity and limited growth, that really affects me as a person, so I'm really excited to discuss what the republicans stand for and why voting is so important," Mitchell said.
Meanwhile, Alex Metris, a freshman, is young in his college career and is voting for the first time, but he's no stranger to the importance of this election.
"What we have rigt now is a president that is out who is doubling funding for pell grants, who is making it easier to get student loans, and he's making sure everyone can go to college, so this affects you now and this is something that's really going to affect you in the future," Metris said.
Surrogates from each campaign will also speak to students on behalf of the candidates.
The age group of 18-25 has historically shown low turnout at the polls, but the social media aspect of tonight's event looks to reach an even larger audience.
The debate and town hall event over social media is being put on by Florida Gulf Coast University's Student Government in an effort to curb apathy.
"I think FGCU specifically has been really proactive towards that. We've had people out here registering people to vote for two weeks straight. We have this event. We've also been having civil dialogues for the prior debates that have been going on," Shannon Riley said.
Tonight's moderator, Professor Matthew Maddex, will post questions on twitter and facebook to allow those not in attendance to participate.
The Student Debate starts at 8:00 PM in Room 111 of FGCU's Sugden Hall.
Here's a link to the facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/282959721820857/?ref=ts&fref=ts
You can also follow the conversation on twitter at #FGCUPresD8
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