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HWS Students Tackle National Debt in “Up to Us” Competition

As part of the 2017-18 Up to Us competition, which works to inspire millennials to take collective action on fiscal and economic issues, Hobart and William Smith will host the annual “My Two Cents Day” tabling event on Thursday, March 1, beginning at 12 p.m. in the Scandling Campus Center.

At the “My Two Cents” event, students will have the opportunity to win $100 by placing their “two cents” in one of seven coin-banks that symbolize different solutions to the debt. Cookies, hot chocolate and apple cider will be served.

The student-led HWS team joins teams from more than 75 colleges and universities in 40 states in a day of mobilization, engagement and education that kicks off this year’s competition. Each team received startup funding to sponsor creative non-partisan events on campus and was invited to attend the Up to Us Conference in San Francisco, Calif., later in February for a formal training.

“I believe this competition is a good opportunity for HWS students to learn more about the current state of the national debt,” says John Camara ’19, who helped organize the event with Ryan Skinner ’20, Jesse Maltese ‘20, Brian Schaumloffel ’20 and Mikaela Zallen ’20. “The national debt is on track to be unsustainable for our generation. We have a responsibility to educate our peers about what is happening and any possible solutions.”

Up to Us, which is sponsored by the Peterson Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative University and Net Impact, ranks schools based on number of pledges signed as well as the creativity of the events a team organizes. This year’s competition officially ends March 23. The winning team wins a prize of $10,000, and top-ranked teams are invited to attend the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s Fiscal Summit in Washington, D.C. to discuss the importance of millennials’ involvement in fiscal issues with various political leaders.

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.