By Kristina Webb / Photo Editor
Check out PBA’s Live coverage of the event here.
Have you ever questioned whether or not the rules in Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Navigator are based on Christian ethics and principles and if those rules are effective?
This was the topic of the inaugural debate of PBA’s Socratic Club, which featured incoming Student Government president Bethany Williams and current Student Government president Adam McKinney arguing that the Navigator, the student handbook of PBA, is based in Christian ideals, while Socratic Club members Elaine Hodges and Allison Sanders took the opposing view.
Around 60 students gathered to watch the debate, which took place in Gregory Hall on March 23 and was moderated by Socratic Club president Jennifer Yirinec.
“I think that it went very well,” Yirinec said. “The debaters did a wonderful job of addressing the topic questions in a very pointed manner. However, I was disappointed at the turnout. Far less people came than were present at the faculty debate, which was held last fall. I think that that’s a sad commentary regarding the intellectual climate of the campus as a whole.”
The primary argument by Williams and McKinney was based on PBA’s effort to “set up a set of rules cohesive with the Bible,” McKinney said. The main point of Hodges and Sanders was that the Navigator is based on fundamental Christian ideals, and not the Bible itself.
“Breaking the rules can be very alluring,” McKinney said of the guidelines listed in the Navigator, “but it’s instant gratification.”
The Matthew 18 policy and the Amnesty program were both called into question.
Each side had met privately with representatives from the Office of Student Accountability, and both gave their own reasons for keeping the current policies in place. Continue reading