Baylor Sponsors Two Debate Tournaments in Jan. 25-26

Jan. 21, 1997

The Department of Communication Studies at Baylor University will sponsor two separate debate tournaments on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25-26.

At the college level, the Glen R. Capp debate tournament will begin at 9 a.m in the Blume Conference Center, the Cashion Academic Building and the Hankamer School of Business. The competition is one of the largest debate tournaments in the country and draws from 85 to 100 teams. Schools from the Big 12 as well as universities farther afield, such as Dartmouth and Wake Forest, will send students to compete in the tournament.

Participants in the Capp debate will focus on the topic of increased regulation in industry to decrease pollution.

That same weekend, Baylor is sponsoring the Helen and Sam Pessarra High School Debate tournament. Nine high school teams from around the United States will compete round-robin fashion.

"We invite nine of the best high school debate teams in the country. This provides us with a good chance to get some good students to Baylor to show them the campus," said Karla Leeper, assistant professor in communication studies.

The high school students will debate the merits of a federal governmental policy to reduce juvenile crime. Judges for the tournament are debate coaches and former university debate students from around the country. The high school tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Blume Conference Center, the Cashion Academic Building and the Hankamer School of Business.

For more information, contact Leeper at 755-1621.

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