Interfaith is winner in mock student election debate

Release Date: 11/15/2012

Cameron Coker, a junior history major from Russellville, Ark., and Steve Houserman, a sophomore political science major from Gloversville, N.Y., presented a check for $145.91 to Becky Cupp of the Interfaith Service Network in Clarksville on Nov. 22.

Ozarks students Coker and Houserman present a check to to Interfaith.

Cameron Coker (left) and Steve Houserman (right) present a check to Becky Cupp of the Interfaith Service Network. The money was raised during the Democrat-Republican mock debate held by students here on the Ozarks campus.

The money was raised during a Democrat-Republican mock debate by students, held in front of a large crowd on Monday, Nov. 5, in the Rogers Conference Center.  Coker, president of the university's Young Democrats, was joined on the Democratic side in the debate by students Tara Richards, Riley Young and Bo Thomas.  Houserman, president of the Young Republicans, was joined by students Cameron Cole, Laura Smith and Alan Watson on the Republican side.

"The debate was very enjoyable and the fact that we were able to raise some money for a local charity made it even nicer," Coker said.

The money raised at the debate was donated to Interfaith, a non-denominational food and medicine crisis bank that is associated with more than 20 area churches. The center is located at First Presbyterian Church in Clarksville. Cupp said the donation by Ozarks' students would help purchase more than 1,000 pounds of food for the center.

"Our organization relies on donations like this from the community, so this is very helpful," Cupp said.