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Open Practice

Every Tuesday night at 6:00 pm in 171 Willard, the Penn State Speech & Debate Society holds its open practice. These practices provide opportunities for Penn State students to hone their persuasive speaking skills. All Penn State students are welcome to attend and participate in the Society’s practices.

At each practice, the Speech & Debate Society holds a debate over a new topic. Students are invited to participate as debaters, to speak from the audience, or to help judge the debate. Coaches Jeremy Johnson and Allison Niebauer take turns running the open practice. They provide argument training and speaking advice to those who participate, but the topics of debate for open practice are suggested by the students who participate.