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Beacon News: Copan and Chesnes debate design

By Michele Kappas
Contributing Writer

“Is intelligent design a valid alternative to the theory of evolution?” This was the topic of the Socratic Club debate held on Thursday, Oct. 1.

The debate, between Professor Paul Copan and Professor Thomas Chesnes, began with an introduction from Professor Samuel Joeckel, faculty advisor of the Socratic Club.

Each was given 15 minutes for their opening argument, ten minutes for the first rebuttal and five for the second. There were about 45 minutes devoted to student questions following the debate.

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Beacon News: Students debate effectiveness of campus rules

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

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Coming soon to campus: Debate over PBA Student Moral Code

PBA’s Socratic Club will be hosting a debate, March March 23 at 7:30 p.m. over the Student Code; Is it effective? Is it Christian? Debaters will be addressing the student rules as defined by the Navigator and whether these rules are effective and Biblically supported.

Current Student Government president Adam McKinney and future Student Government president Bethany Williams will be arguing the pro. Students Allison Sanders and Elaine Hodges will be arguing the con.

The event will take place in Gregory Hall rooms 114 & 115.

Sidenote: Bethany Williams will be announced this week as the only candidate for president of Student Government for next term. Current president Adam McKinney will be stepping down and making way for the new Student Goverment administration. Voting will take place all throughout next week. More details to come as they are announced.

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