Vote Smart: Facts Matter Tour
By Destinee Day
Vote Smart's "Facts Matter" tour will stop at Molloy College Thursday, October 25. Vote Smart is a non-partisan organization that gives voters information about candidates and issues in their local elections.
Chris Malone, Founding Dean of Arts and Sciences at Molloy College, is co-sponsor of the event: "The core idea of Vote Smart is that democracy doesn't work without an informed citizenry. Government is complex; politics becomes a four-letter word many times. But in a representative democracy, the people get the government they deserve. When Vote Smart's President Richard Kimball announced he was taking his Voter Defense System on the road, I jumped at the chance to include Molloy as one of his stops."
Dr. Malone thinks that it is important for the College to host this event. "It is our responsibility to lead these civic discussions, both on campus and within the wider regional community, our campus needs to remain a beacon of light, rational discussion, deliberation, civic engagement and trust. Given Molloy's commitment to service, study, and community, I felt it was vital that we be in the mix."
Dr. Malone described Vote Smart as "multi-partisan" and is encouraging everyone who is interested to attend; community members, faculty, staff, administrators, students, and even high school students. "The thrust of the "Facts Matter" tour is not to point fingers at one or the other side in the game of politics. It is for people to understand that they have a responsibility to themselves, to one another, and to our communities to be informed and engage in a discussion over the issues we face."
The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place Thursday, October 25 from 12-2 p.m., in the Larini Room in the Public Square building. The event is sponsored by the Division of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Institutional Advancement. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or 516.323.3433.