University of Portland
Contact: John Furey, Joe Kuffner

University of Portland to host Presidential debate watch party at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 3

University of Portland will sponsor a Presidential debate watch party 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 3 in The Cove, located in the Pilot House on campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided.

The Presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will focus on domestic policy. Political science professor Gary Malecha and his class on U.S. Presidents are expected to attend the watch party, along with other student groups.

The watch party is part of the innovative “Vote UP” program, which is a collaboration between University of Portland faculty, staff and students to increase on-campus voter turnout, engagement and dialogue in the weeks leading up to the 2012 Presidential election. The program will include voter registration drives, weekly panel discussions about key issues, debate and election-watch parties, and a post-election wrap-up. Each panel will be followed by discussions facilitated by TOLCS (Teaching Our Leaders Civil Discourse and Service), students trained by the Communication Studies department in civic discourse and public dialogue.

All “Vote UP” events are free and open to the public and are set for 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Locations are subject to change – please check the official Vote UP website at  for the most up-to-date information.




Sponsoring Group



Panel: Economy/Budget

College Repubs/Dems

St. Mary’s Lounge


Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party

UP Marketing

The Cove (6 p.m.)


Presidential Debate Watch Party

UP Marketing

The Cove (6 p.m.)


Presidential Debate Watch Party

UP Marketing

The Cove (6 p.m.)


Panel: Women's Issues

Feminist Discussion Group

St. Mary’s Lounge


Panel: International/Foreign Policy

International Club

St. Mary’s Lounge


Election Watch Party

Student Activities

The Cove (5 p.m.)


Panel: Post-Election Implications

Roosevelt Institute

St. Mary’s Lounge

Vote UP is being sponsored by The New York Times as well as the University of Portland Political Science department, Student Activities, and the Moreau Center for Service and Leadership.

For more information about the watch party, contact John Furey at or 503-943-8422.

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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