The nation is just 35 days away from the final presidential debate that will be hosted by UNLV. On Wednesday, the university kicked off the countdown with a pep rally.
The debate between presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has already made a $40 million impact in southern Nevada, but its effect inside UNLV’s classrooms has been priceless.
“This election has been really sort of something different, and one of the things we touched on in my class is the lack of policy discussion,” David Damore, professor and political Science consultant for Latino Decisions.
Politics have been so popular on campus UNLV added ten new classes to its Fall schedule. Four of the existing classes have a debate election element which gives students a real life application.
“Elections tend to trump governance, and that’s a big theme for my course, as well as what it means for our ability to solve public policy problems,” according to Damore.
The 2016 political season makes UNLV junior Jared Stevens even more interested in political science.
“It’s very polarized, but I would say it’s good in a certain way because it gets people more involved,” Stevens said.
Students who don’t have any interest in politics are still excited about being a part of the historical presidential debate at UNLV.
“I feel so fortunate to be in this opportunity, said Kara Langin, UNLV Grad Student, Marriage & Family Therapy. “I probably won’t get in, but I still feel lucky.”
UNLV has also teamed up with the Clark County School District to offer a scholarship to the student with the best essay after the debate.