Baylor Debate Team Wins Regional Tournament

Nov. 8, 1995

The Baylor University debate team recently placed first in a regional debate meet held at the University of Kansas.

The Baylor debate team will next compete in an upcoming tournament at Northwestern University on Nov. 10-13.

Baylor won the regional meet by defeating Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Texas. The team of Kelly Dunbar and Charles Blanchard placed second overall in the debate competition, defeated by a first-place team from Wayne State University. Blanchard and Dunbar are ranked among the top five teams in the nation.

The upcoming competition at Northwestern University will be a national competition. Nationally ranked teams such as Michigan, Dartmouth, Harvard and Northwestern will compete in the tournament. Debating starts Friday, Nov. 10, at 8 a.m. continuing until 8 p.m., from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and finals will be held at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13.

"Our debaters have been communicating with other teams over e-mail, and comparing notes about other teams on our hit list. Our competition includes Northwestern, who we'd really like to beat this year, the University of Michigan, Dartmouth and Wayne State," said Dr. Karla K. Leeper, assistant professor of communication studies and the Glenn R. Capp Professor of Forensics, who serves as debate sponsor.

The team of Blanchard-Dunbar has also been invited to a national tournament consisting of the top nine teams in the country at the University of Redlands set for Jan. 2-4.

For more information, contact Leeper at 755-1621.

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