November 24, 2014
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The CCRI Field House was transformed into a political roundtable for Wednesday’s presidential debate. It featured large viewing screens at either end of an area that featured a podium and tables to accommodate more than 200. The area was tastefully decorated with red, white and blue balloons, tablecloths and lighting. CCRI hosted DebateWatch, a national program that gives citizens a voice in the political campaign process, in cooperation with Rhode Island College. Facilitating a town hall-type meeting preceding the televised debate were Bill Rappleye from NBC 10 and Mark Curtis from ABC 6. They conducted interviews with attendees, including Mayor Scott Avedisian and Allan Fung, among other elected officials and party leaders. Following the debate, facilitators led table discussions that focused on questions such as what people learned from the debate and what they knew about the candidates and the issues. Here, Hillary Costa, vice president of student government at RIC, gives her view of what can be done to involve youth in the political process as Curtis looks on. She urged her fellow students to become involved at the college level, calling it a microcosm of the process at the state and national levels. (Warwick Beacon photo)


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