Politics Club

The Politics Club is a student led group and members are from various majors. The faculty advisers are from the Politics and Government program.  We are a non-partisan club that aims to provide students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialog and discussion about relevant political topics while also having fun doing it.  Everyone is welcome!

We meet every other Thursday at 12:30pm in Kelley 201. 

2012 election highlights

  • Convocation speech night (9/6/12)
  • Voter registration on campus (9/17-9/20, 9/25 and 10/5) - University Center first floor 
  • Returns night party (11/6/12)
  • Debates party nights - TBA
  • HD 61 debate (10/9/12) - 7pm South Ballroom, University Center
  • HD 59 debate (10/11/12) - 7pm South Ballroom, University Center
  • County Commissioners Debate (10/25/12) - 7pm South Ballroom, University Center

 

Our activities last semester (Spring 2012)

  • Education Forum, Feb 25th, 2012 at 11am, Aspinall-Wilson Conference Center.  Rep Roger Wilson, Rep Hamner and Senator Gail Schwartz in attendance to answer your questions.  Free to the public.                                                                     
  • Fracking Forum, April 10th, 2012 with Dr. Wawrzyniec, Geology professors, WSC.
  • Renters Rights Advocacy Group, ongoing.  Students from the Pols Club are working with the student and Hispanic communities in Gunnison to provide information on renters' rights, lease consultation and more.   
  • Easter Bake Sale, April 18th, 2012. Come color eggs with us while munching on some yummy, politically correct goodies.  Co-sponsored by Sex Positive, Sustainability Coalition and Baseball Club. 

 

Past events

  • Occupy Wallstreet Forum (11/23/11) - student and faculty discussion on the origins, demands and relevance of the Occupy movement for citizenship engagement. 
  • 2011 Constitution Day Speaker (9/15/11) with Dr. Ronald Den Otter
  • Fall 2011 Brown Bag lunch series: "What is Natural Food?", "On the nature and process of local politics"
  • 2010 Lowdenslager Lecture (10/28/10).  Dr. Erik Fisher of Arizona State University presented on the challenges faced by the interaction between modern science and the social sciences in relation to global politics.
    2010 Homecoming
    Political Super Heroes!
  • Halloween bake sake (10/29/10)
  • Organized a State House and Senate candidates debate on 10/4/10 with Senate District 5 Candidates (Schwartz and Rankin), and House District 61 Candidates (Curry, Wilson and Korkowski).  
  • Organized a County Commissioner candidates debate on 10/17/10 between Candidates Starr and Chamberland.
  • Dr. Brickman (Gunnison Valley hospital Board) spoke on Health Care Reform and how it affects students (3/25/09).
  • Land Use Issues Speaker: Coal Creek Watershed Coalition (9/24/09).
 

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.

John F. Kennedy

 

House Debate 2010
 

 

2008 Election Events Highlights 

“Justice must always question itself, just as society can exist only by means of the work it does on itself and its institutions” – Michel Foucault

  • We organized a debate watching party for the final Presidential Debate between McCain and Obama.
  • We helped sponsor a Town Hall style debate for the local County Commissioner race. The event also provided information on the 2008 election and Colorado's ballot.
  • We held an Election Night Party to watch the election returns.
  • We discussed the Inauguration of President Barack Obama on Jan 20, 2009.
  • We watched a documentary on the "School of the Americas" and then organized a grassroots effort to influence Congress to pass the "Latin America Military Training Review Act of 2009", collecting over 60 signatures on a letter to Congress urging support of the bill. The bill would suspend operations at WHINSEC, formerly School of the Americas, and investigate the history of human rights abuses and failed policies of the institution.

 President -  Grace Erickson    Vice President -Chelsie Hoff       Secretary - Alison Stern

 

Treasurer -  Michael Clayton