December 9, 2009

Vol. 25 , No. 05   


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CMC Forum Debate Night at the Ath: Should CMC Expand to 1400 Students?
CHARLES SPRAGUE '10
NATALIA BAILEY '10

CMC Forum Debate Night at the Ath: Should CMC's Alcohol Policy Change?
SHAMIL HARGOVAN '10
BEN KRAUS '11

CMC Forum Debate Night at the Ath: Is CMC Male-dominated?
PATRICK ATWATER '10
ELISE VIEBECK '10
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2009

Still fired up from the first CMC Forum Debate Night at the Ath ("Is CMC a true liberal arts college?"), The CMC Forum is pleased to announce a second Debate Night. The premise is the same -- take campus issues and let passionate students duke it out. This time, however, we're excited to have more topics, more speakers, and a new format which should lead to more entertaining and interesting debate. And yes, the text messaging screen will make a return.

There will be three 20-minute debates, with each relying on two student debaters and one moderator from the faculty or administration. The student debaters will go head to head while moderators provide insight into the issue and give legitimacy to the discussion. It'll be serious but entertaining debate.

The first debate will cover the expansion of the College to 1400 students. With the addition of Claremont Hall and other building projects in the works, the Board of Trustees is moving ahead with its plans to make the student body bigger, part of a larger effort to raise the visibility of CMC within the national rankings. But is this the best choice for CMC? Will the fundamental nature of the college change with this population increase? What elements of CMC's character wil be lost? Or improved? What's the best way to proceed with the expansion?

The second debate will switch focus to current campus life: Should CMC change its alcohol policy? The role of alcohol in campus culture has been a long time issue for the college, since CMC remains a wet-campus. This policy, however, has come under fire in light of recent alcohol-related incidents, and the Dean of Students office has stated that "things have to change." Do they? If so, how?

And for the final debate we will turn to a question that often goes overlooked, but seems to merit consideration: Is CMC male-dominated? The college abandoned its single sex admissions decades ago, and the name Claremont Men's College only a few years later. But the college continues to be majority male, while women make up 57 percent of college students overall. Does this mean that CMC has a bias towards males? Do women have a different role on campus? Even if they do, does it even matter?

A full roster of debaters and moderators will be announced shortly. Stay tuned to CMCForum.com for updates, previews, and more.