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Rhodes To Participate in Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature Competition

Publication Date: 11/17/2011

Eleven Rhodes students will participate in the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL) in Nashville at the capitol building Nov. 17-20. This year is the first time in about 30 years that Rhodes will participate in the competition, which is comprised of delegations from all over Tennessee.

TISL is a mock government program in which students mimic the functions of the Tennessee State government. Students from each college have the option to be legislators, who write their own bills and attempt to have them passed in the General Assembly, lobbyists, media, or lawyers who debate cases in front of the TISL Supreme Court.

Rhodes sophomore Betsy Swann reinstated this program at Rhodes with the support of the administration and political science professor Stephen Wirls, the team’s moderator.

Swann with Jess Wilder, Justice Thompson, Kelly Johnson, and Tyler Adams comprise the team’s legislators, who will work to pass the bills they have prepared in either the House of Representatives or the Senate.

Hannah Strong, Brendan Tyler, James Ekenstedt, and Landon Webber will compete in the Appellate Moot Court Collegiate Challenge, as a team of lawyers arguing their position on a brief.

Caroline Ponseti will compete as a member of the competition’s media team, who will report on the events of the competition.

Corey Lipschutz and Brendan Tyler also will compete as lobbyists.

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