Students poised to raise awareness about national debt

February 2014

In the coming weeks, you're going to start seeing a lot of Nathan Lotze's team around Farmer. Nathan Lotze and his team of business students are participating in a national competition called Up to Us, which revolves around the fact that college students need to know more about our long-term national debt. Through the team's efforts, Farmer students will have the opportunity to learn more about our national debt, how it affects them, and what they can do to make a difference.

The competition is fierce: 24 schools from across the United States are weighing in and creating their own campaigns to raise awareness about the debt crisis. But this kind of competition is one where everyone comes out a winner. The awareness created by these campaigns is the true goal, and team leader Nathan Lotze is dedicated to the cause.

"I chose to lead a team at Miami in the Up to Us competition because I believed it would be a great opportunity to engage with students across campus," he said. "This competition is way to show how Miami University students and faculty can team together for the overarching goal of education. The long term federal debt is an important issue our nation faces and the more educated our future voters and policy makers are the better off we will be."

The diverse group of business students responsible for running this campaign includes: Sam Fogle, a junior Accountancy major; Tam Pham, a senior Economics and Business Analysis major; Maksym Malonkhin (Max), a junior Business Economics major; and Ali Stauffer, a sophomore Business Economics major and international business minor. Despite their diverse backgrounds, educational and career goals, they have one thing in common: they are passionate about making a difference in the world outside the classroom.

"I want this country to prosper," Max said. "This country has given so much to its people that watching it fade because of the debt would be unacceptable. Students and people around the world should know about the real threat from our deficit and they should take actions to prevent this country from doing downhill. Well, I am just doing my part, taking an action, with the help of Up to Us program to ensure the bright future for all of us."

The campaign officially began on the first day back to classes in the spring, and the team has already been working hard to plan a few events for the semester. The team will be bringing in people cross-discipline to continue the conversation about national debt on our campus, along with a 5k "Pump Iron, Not Debt" and other events in the works that will contribute to the campaign for national debt awareness.

This Thursday, February 20, the campaign is hosting a lecture by Economics professor Melissa Thomasson, who will speak about the national debt and health care reform. It will take place in FSB 0025 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Contact Nathan Lotze for more information about Miami's contribution to this national campaign at