UM-Flint Debate Team Wins Third Tournament

debateteam2_onlinePer Dr. Marcus Paroske, Assoc. Professor & Department Chair of Communications & Visual Arts:
Members of the UM-Flint Debate team travelled this past weekend to Louisiana Tech University for a tournament. The team may have brought the cold with them to the South (temperatures were hovering around freezing), but they brought back to Flint the tournament championship! (Pictured above, left to right: Jordan Bellant, Joshua Latimer, Eric Anderson, Ryan Elder, Lauren Pallas, Cameron Edwards.)

Two partnerships from UM-Flint faced off against two from the University of Mississippi in the final round, with the pairing of Eric Anderson and Ryan Elder being declared the overall champions of the tournament. The pairing of Jordan Bellant and Joshua Latimer dominated the preliminary rounds, but fell just short of their teammates in the final round.

This tournament championship was the third in the past several years for the UM-Flint squad, having previously conquered tournaments at Purdue University and Ohio Wesleyan University. This was the most successful appearance by UM-Flint debaters outside of the midwest, and a fitting reward for the hard work the entire squad has put in this semester.

Debating continues for UM-Flint in the Winter semester, leading up to the National Championship Tournament in April, hosted this year by the University of Alaska-Anchorage. The team holds regular practices, and all UM-Flint students are invited to participate. No previous debate experience is required! You will develop argumentation and public speaking skills, learn more about the world, and can travel with the team to competitive tournaments across the country.

To learn more about the team, contact Professor Marcus Paroske,