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March 7, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Conservatives Club (BUCC) is sponsoring an "Informed Discourse" essay contest, open to college-bound high school seniors in Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties.

A $250 prize will be awarded to the winner of the contest. If he or she has been admitted to Bucknell and chooses to attend Bucknell, the university will match the prize for a total of $500.

The essay, which is due April 22, should explore an important local, national or global issue of today. The essay, which must 500 to 750 words long, should incorporate an explanation of why the student sees the issue in question as crucial and what should be done about it.

Judges for the essay contest are Bucknell senior Charles Mitchell and 2004 Bucknell graduate Josh Fisher, "two distinguished Bucknell students from opposite ends of the political spectrum," according to Mitchell, who says the entries will be judged "not on the ideology expressed but on the quality of the writing and the degree to which the writer seems likely to be a force for change during his or her college years."

Senior editor of the BUCC magazine The Counterweight, Mitchell also serves as vice chairman of Young Conservatives of Pennsylvania. He is a founding member and former president of the Bucknell University Conservatives Club.

Fisher, a graduate student at the University of Oregon, served as president of the liberal Bucknell Caucus for Economic Justice and editor of its magazine, The Catalyst, as well as president of FLAGB&T (Friends of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered.)

Entries should be mailed to P.O. Box 141, Lewisburg, PA 17837 or emailed as Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat documents to

All entries must be accompanied by an entry form which can be downloaded from

All entries must be postmarked by April 22, 2005. No late entries will be accepted. The judges reserve the sole right to pick a winner as well as the right not to choose any winner at all.

For more information, contact Charles Mitchell at or 577-5042.


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