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UT Students Kick Off Nationwide Competition to Raise Awareness about the National Debt

Tue, Jan 21, 2014


The Student Team to Host Kickoff Extravaganza at Gregory Plaza

AUSTIN, TX – A diverse team of UT Austin student leaders will be kicking off a five-week campus campaign on Wednesday, January 22nd to raise awareness about the national debt and the nation’s fiscal trajectory. The team went through a rigorous application process and was chosen as one out of twenty-five teams across the country to represent UT Austin in the competition. The purpose of the non-partisan campaign is to educate, engage, and empower millennial generation and college students on the factual context surrounding the national debt. The team formed a new student organization, Up to Texas, in December in anticipation to sustain the cause beyond the competition timeframe.

“The UT Austin Up to Us team is working hard to align support from administration, student groups, and local businesses to help us spread awareness about this important issue,” said Stephen Michael Vincent, Deputy Team Leader. “Our goal is to engage 10,000 people in five weeks through a series of activities, PR tactics, and social media outreach on the issue.”  

The team will host a campaign kickoff event at Gregory Plaza on the UT Austin campus on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6 p.m. The event will feature select UT performing troupes, campus student organizations, a Facebook quiz, and a series of relevant graphs derived from authoritative, non-partisan sources to help quantify the issue. The event will also include food and beverages for its attendees.

During the five-week campaign, the team will host a number of events to engage students; including a distinguished faculty forum to discuss the national debt issue, a trivia night at a local pizza restaurant, and a reception in February.

Up to Texas is a member participant of the Up to Us national competition. It is a newly formed student organization at UT Austin whose purpose is to educate, engage, and empower Longhorns on the issue of national debt through a variety of interactive activities and events. More information about the competition can be found at

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