With the Lynn presidential debate some 60 days out, the pace is accelerating on campus. Lynn logistics guru Greg Malfitano says the work on the perimeter is completed, with a new entrance, perimeter road, a temporary parking lot that can accommodate 850 cars (that will be a soccer stadium after the debate.) Now the emphasis will be on the area “inside the fence,” the Debate City area replete with media trailers and miles of wiring and cell towers and everything else entailed in staging an event of this magnitude. There are already trailers delivered to campus, as well as debate t-shirts, coffee mugs, and more.
In a recent status update, the Lynn debate team outlined what happened over the summer:
• Channel 20 interviews key Lynn people
• Formats of the debates are announced; Lynn’s will be foreign policy. There will be no lecterns—all debates will be held round-table style.
• Lynn University history professor and political pundit Robert Watson contributes debate lore to The Huffington Post.
• The Florida Society Of News Editors’ quarterly meeting is scheduled for Lynn University in October.
• Bob Schieffer is announced as moderator for the debate.
•The Palm Beach County Schools’ principals meeting is held on campus, as well as a Palm Beach County School Board meeting.
• Lynn University announces it is engaging students in grades K-12 with its 2012 Debate Curriculum for Education, available for free download on the iPad through Apple iTunes U or through Lynn's official debate website. Lynn is the only 2012 presidential debate host school to offer a debate-related K-12 curriculum through iTunes U.
As they said, it’s been a busy summer.
The countdown is underway.