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Penn State Defeats Pitt in Centennial Debate

Penn State Defeats Pitt in Centennial Debate

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Speech and Debate Society recently hosted the University of Pittsburgh for the 100th anniversary of the first debate between the two schools. Students from the two schools debated whether colleges should pay student athletes. Following a close debate, the Nittany Lions were successful and defeated Pitt on a 2-1 decision.

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New Scholarship Opportunity Available

New Scholarship Opportunity Available

Next year, the Penn State Speech & Debate Society is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the creation of the women’s debate team. Given the anniversary, we have a limited number of one-time scholarships for incoming students. To be eligible, you must be a first year student during the 2015-2016 school year.

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Pitt is Coming for Centennial Debate!!!

Pitt is Coming for Centennial Debate!!!

One hundred years ago, the debate teams from The Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pittsburgh met for the first time in school history. On April 9, 1915, students from Penn State traveled to Pittsburgh for a debate on the Monroe Doctrine. Penn State won on a 3-0 decision.

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Steve Llano to Host International Debate Workshop

Steve Llano to Host International Debate Workshop

The Penn State Speech & Debate Society will be hosting Stephen Llano, the Director of Debate at St. John’s University, for a workshop on argumentation and debate on Wednesday, March 4 at 6:00pm in 209 Willard. If you are interested in learning how teams from Britain, France, China, Japan, and many other countries debate, as well as participating in the Speech & Debate Society, please invite your students to come and attend what should be a fun and engaging event.

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Penn State Braves Cold at State Forensics Tournament

Penn State Braves Cold at State Forensics Tournament

Last weekend (Feb 14-15), the Penn State Speech & Debate Society hosted the Pennsylvania Forensics Association (PFA) state tournament. Qinglan Huang, a sophomore and second year member, was the 2nd overall speaker in Parliamentary debate, losing to a student from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn State Falls to the British

The Penn State Speech & Debate Society hosted the British national debate team on October 28, 2014 for a public debate on the topic, “Private political donations in the United States should be banned.” Melinda Formola and Jordan Todd defended the resolution. Their arguments centered on the role money plays in influencing Congressional politics and how to make politicians more accountable to their constituents.

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Penn State Reaches Semifinals at West Chester

Penn State Reaches Semifinals at West Chester

Last weekend, the Penn State Speech & Debate Society competed in the Carolyn O’Keefe Invitational at West Chester, PA. Louie celebrated his birthday the way a debater should, by clearing to semifinals in parliamentary debate with his partner, Jordan Todd.

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Clarion Hosts Penn State for Debate about Student Athletes

Clarion Hosts Penn State for Debate about Student Athletes

The Penn State Speech & Debate Society traveled to Clarion University on Wednesday, September 24, for a friendly exchange between Pennsylvania schools. The debate centered on whether Division I football and basketball athletes should be paid. Clarion, which competes in NCAA Division II, defended paying the student-athletes. Penn State, a NCAA Division I school, countered these claims and emphasized the need to ensure that student-athletes are in fact students first.

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Penn State Wins Public Debate at JMU

Penn State Wins Public Debate at JMU

On Tuesday, September 23, the Penn State Speech & Debate Society traveled to James Madison University for International Week. They debated the topic, “Resolved: Local communities, on balance, have benefited from globalization.” A pair of JMU debaters provided the opening speeches for both sides.

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Come Celebrate the Constitution!!

Come Celebrate the Constitution!!

The Penn State Speech & Debate Society is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a debate on Constitution Day, September 17, 2014. The topic will be “Resolved: A Privacy Amendment should be added to the Constitution” and will feature four members of the society. The event will take place from 2:30pm to 4:00pm in Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library. As with all of our public debates, speeches from the audience are welcome.

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