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Caldwell, N.J., Nov. 1, 2016 – The Political Science Club in conjunction with the Department of History and Political Science, hosted a student-run mock debate. Students researched the positions of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on four crucial issues: immigration, gun laws, terrorism and the environment.

Dr. Domenic Maffei, chair of the history and political science department, said the students presented well informed and energetic analyses of the two candidates’ positions and responded to audience questions.

“The students on the panel represented the brightest that Caldwell University has to offer; it was good to see them engaging at that high a level,” said Maffei. “The students actually did a better job at articulating the candidates’ positions than the candidates themselves.”

Katherine Llangari, president of the club, said it was great to see that students were not only willing to sign up and debate each candidate’s position on the issues, but also engaged in the discussion during the open floor sessions. “The club as a whole has been successful on increasing awareness of the upcoming elections and pushing students to go out and vote.”

If you would like more information about the Political Science Club contact the club president, Katherine Llanagari at or Dr. Maffei, department chair at