The Honors College hosted a Deep Dish Philosophy Night Tuesday, with the goal of sparking discussion regarding this year’s presidential election amongst students.
The event was hosted in the Smith-Adams Hall common room. Two televisions were set up, featuring a news channel from opposing political standpoints.
During the event, the Honors College provided free pizza and refreshments for students.
Since this election year is the first time many college-age students can vote, students have been going to on-campus events since the presidential debates started.
Alex Sanchez, speech pathology major from Conroe, said, “I’m glad there are so many on-campus events about the presidential election. It makes it easier to stay informed.”
Sanchez attended the Deep Dish Philosophy night and said that it was great to see students actually caring about the nation’s leaders and issues.
Leslie Hayes, admissions coordinator for the Honors College, said, “the main goal of these Deep Dish nights is to inspire philosophical interaction amongst students and faculty.”
Dr. Suzie Macaluso, director of the sociology program, and Dr. Lynette Sharp-Penya, associate professor of communication, were chosen to lead the event.
Dr. Macaluso and Dr. Sharp-Penya mediated the event, controlling conversation and helping spark discussion among students. They facilitated conversation based on the events of election night and the information provided from each of the opposing news channels. Since the night was focused on promoting discussion amongst students, they muted the televisions whenever a discussion topic appeared and allowed students to voice their opinions.
Deep Dish Philosoohy nights are not limited to students enrolled in the Honors College, but are open to all students on campus.
Dr. Harbour, executive administrative director for the Honors College said, “The event will end when we get tired. We won’t wait until we have a final answer.”