CU Debate Team Starts Off Strong

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

Cedarville, Ohio-The Cedarville University Debate Team has emerged as a nationally-recognized powerhouse in parliamentary debate tournaments. Consistently placing in the top three, the team has topped well-known college and universities such as Patrick Henry, Western Kentucky, Purdue and Wheaton.

The 2007/2008 season opened at Purdue University's Boilermaker Special in early September, with the CU debate team placing second overall. Following the season opener, Cedarville's debate and forensics teams joined forces at the Western Kentucky Debate Fiesta taking third in the overall sweepstakes. Most recently, the debate team climbed to first place in the John G. Fee Memorial Tournament at Berea College, where more than 20 colleges and universities from around the country competed.

When asked how the debate team has challenged him, sophomore John Cooper replied, "Debate has given me the skills necessary to engage my world, and I have been blessed to make lifelong friends while learning this life-skill." His debate partner, senior Courtney Edmonds adds, "Debate provides a unique opportunity to simultaneously develop critical thinking skills and communication abilities. … This year, the team has considered issues including the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Americas child healthcare policy, and economic development in third-world nations. "

The debate team is coached by Dr. Rebecca Sietman, an assistant professor of communication arts at Cedarville University.