Award-Winning Politically Incorrect Club remains popular on the Gainesville campus
Written by Charlene Hudson, Senior Lecturer
The Politically Incorrect Club (P.I. Club) at the University of North Georgia (UNG) on the Gainesville campus began in 1999 as the Democrats/Republican Club. Dr. Douglas Young, Professor of Political Science at UNG, is the academic advisor for the P.I. Club. Dr. Young strives to engage all students in the political process.
This vital club gives students a forum to talk about controversial issues or any topic of a political nature. The club does not promote a single ideology; it welcomes all political perspectives. The P.I. Club meets every Monday on the Gainesville Campus from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in the Strickland Building, Room 168 by the student lounge. Members vote on topics to discuss during each of their meetings. They also sponsor many events throughout each semester. In February 2020, the club held a voter registration event gearing up for the 2020 Primary and Election. The club endeavors to encourage students to participate in a variety of civic activities and public service.
The P.I. Club won the UNG Annual Blue & Gold “Student Organization of the Year” Award in 2018. Over the years, the club has won multiple awards for events held on the Gainesville campus including UNG Annual Blue and Gold Award for “Best New Event” in 2020.
Here are just a few of the recent events held by the P.I. Club:
- Rich McCormick, Candidate for Georgia’s 7thCongressional District
- Nathan Deal, former governor and long-time congressional representative of Georgia. This particular event won the UNG Annual Blue and Gold Award for “Best New Event” in 2020.
- Touring the legendary historic spot, Piedmont Hotel Museum, in Gainesville,Georgia
- Panel discussion concerning campus free speech controversies held on the Gainesville Campus
- Emory Dunahoo Jr., State Representative of the Georgia General Assembly
- Matt Gurtler, State Representative of the Georgia General Assembly
- Lourdes Garcia, a Cuban-American immigrant discussing the communist Cuba regime. This particular event won the UNG Annual Blue & Gold “Best New Event” award in 2019.