Two debates on campus this week

As the Election Day approaches, the Wake Forest campus continues to be a hotbed for political discussions.

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 8-9:30 p.m., the Old Gold & Black student newspaper will hold a debate between the College Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians in Brendle Recital Hall. The debate will be moderated by Provost Rogan Kersh. Student questions are welcomed and should be submitted via email to or by Twitter @wfu_ogb.

On Thursday, Nov. 1, from 7-8:15 p.m., the Arch Society will hold a debate called “Capitalism on Trial” in the Benson Center’s Pugh Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism, the office of the vice president of student affairs, the department of economics, and the department of politics and international affairs.

The event will address the question of whether free markets are the best solution for today’s America. Fred L. Smith Jr., the founder and president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C., free market think tank, will support the proposition. David Coates, the Worrell Professor of Anglo-American Studies in Politics and International Affairs, will oppose the proposition. Student input and discussion will be included.