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Darton hosting annual Life Raft debate

ALBANY – Who would you choose to rebuild civilization in a post-apocalyptic world? Darton State College’s faculty members will make their case for survival Wednesday at Darton’s second Annual Life Raft Debate.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. in Room C266 in the student center and will be streamed live online at http://stream.darton.edu/live/life-raft-debate/.

The Life Raft Debate, sponsored by the Debate Club, and the Honors Program, is designed to help Darton students learn about different disciplines and observe argumentation skills. The tradition of the Life Raft Debate began at Montevallo College and has been featured on NPR’s This American Life.

“Last year’s Life Raft Debate was a huge success. We even had to turn people away at the door so we have moved to a bigger venue this year. It is great to see our best and brightest faculty debate the qualities and benefits of each discipline and have fun doing so,” said Victoria Smith-Butler, assistant professor of communication and debate club advisor.

The Life Raft Debate assumes that a comet has struck the earth and most people have been swept away by the rising waters from the oceans. However, a few lucky faculty members manage to make it to the top of a campus building where they cling to the roof for life as they watch the waters continue to rise. Suddenly, a life raft of survivors appears, but it only has room for one more person. Which remaining faculty member will be saved?

Each remaining faculty member will present arguments about why they and their discipline should be saved to help rebuild civilization. This year’s debaters will be Elizabeth Gassel-Perkins in English, Alan Wilson in biology, Jim McPherson in EMS, Brian Perkins in journalism, Bradley Young in mathematics, Bart Sasnett in physical education, and Jamie Barker as the Devil’s Advocate who will try to drown them all.

Darton is home to more than 6,000 students with more than155 international students from 40 countries. Darton State College, a public institution, is part of the University System of Georgia and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.