September 15, 2009
Seattle U’s team of debaters among the best in the worldby Tina Potterf
No matter the topic—politics, foreign affairs, policy reform—or the formidability of the competition, Seattle University’s debate team always brings its A-game. Case in point: Earlier this year, a team representing SU placed in the top five among the best debaters from the United States and abroad competing at a national tournament. And at the World Universities Debating Championship, in Cork, Ireland, SU’s debaters took seventh place in an international field of some 300 competitors. (SU was the top team from North America, besting Harvard and Oxford.)
The debate program is venerable, dating back to the early 1900s. While it may not have the high profile of other SU programs and activities, or garner the turnout of athletic events, those involved with debate are passionate about it...
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