The federal deficit in the United States is currently estimated to be more than $17 trillion, and West Virginia Wesleyan College has joined a national initiative to raise awareness about the issue.
The Up to Us campaign shows Americans how the federal deficit affects their daily life. On Saturday, the college hosted its first student-led event for that very mission in the Hyma Auditorium on Wesleyan's campus.
Topics ranged from the increase of student loan interest rates to social security and healthcare.
The event featured three speakers: Zack Klingensmith, Wesleyan instructor of business and economics, to speak about social security and healthcare; Lance Koury from Ameriprise Financial in Buckhannon to speak about investing; and Kelly Hughes, assistant professor of business and economics, to speak about the recent housing market crash, making household decisions, the government shut down, and their relationship with public policy.
Wesleyan has launched a YouTube video on the matter to see how many people it can reach.