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Debate team preparing to host first tournament Nov. 20-21

JACKSON, Tenn.Nov. 18, 2009 – Union University’s debate team will host the Bulldog Classic Debate Tournament Nov. 20-21, the first tournament ever hosted by Union’s debate team, now in its second year of competition.

“We’ve been working hard,” debate team coach Web Drake said about preparations for the upcoming event. “We’re recruiting schools. We’re organizing all the rooms.”

Drake and the Union debate team members have been working to create 100 resolutions that will be debated during the tournament. The resolutions cover a wide range of topics, including economics, pop culture, domestic policy, foreign policy, sports, international affairs, philosophy and academics, Drake said.

As many as 12 teams could be participating in the tournament, from colleges and universities such as the University of Arkansas-Monticello, the University of Central Arkansas, Mississippi College, Louisiana College and Stephen F. Austin State University, among others.

Preliminary rounds begin at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 20, with the tournament concluding the next day. All debates will take place in the Penick Academic Complex.

The tournament will be the fourth competition for Union’s debate team this year. At the Louisiana State University Red River Classic Nov. 6-8, Union won first place as a team, and two individuals also won first place in their respective divisions. Emily Welborn won the varsity debate speaker competition, while Amanda Bennett took first in novice debate competition.

Union has finished second as a team in its other two tournaments.

“We’re on pace to meet or surpass last year’s results, which were really good,” Drake said. “The big deal is leadership. Last year we didn’t have anybody who had done it before. This year we have a varsity squad. They’re helping the freshman and the novices do the stuff that I had to do last year.”

Drake said his team’s participation in the Bulldog Classic would be limited, with only a few of the team members competing.

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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