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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Student Debate on Gambling

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Over the course of the semester, the Boisi Center’s Student Advisory Panel (SAP) met frequently to discuss developments in politics and religion and to help the Center promote its events in these areas. In a terrific event related to the Center’s conference on gambling, the SAP organized and hosted a debate on the question: “Is gambling good for Massachusetts?”  SAP members Tim Mooney (A&S ’09) and Joshua Darr (A&S ’09) squared off in a spirited debate moderated by SAP member Kacey Seawell (LSOE ’09). The audience voted on the resolution before and after the debate, revealing a small but significant shift toward the affirmative position. The event was a great success, and we hope to have other student-sponsored events in coming semesters.