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2017-2018 

Two Teams in Top 16 at UK Tournament

The Michigan State University debate team has finished in the top 16 at its second competitive tournament, following another top 16 finish at the Georgia State National Debate Tournament.

The latest top-16 finish came Monday at the University of Kentucky tournament, which featured 102 competitive teams from across the country.

Overall, seven MSU pairs competed in the Kentucky tournament. Of those pairs, two made it to the Sweet 16 round: social relations and policy sophomore Alex Brown and teammate Lauren Pepper, an Honors College student double majoring in zoology and public policy, as well as James Madison junior Luc Walkington and his teammate, accounting sophomore Christian Rodriguez. 

In preliminary rounds, MSU beat teams from Indiana University, the University of Kentucky, Wayne State University, Trinity University, Emory University, the University of Kansas and George Mason University to make it into the finals. Brown and Pepper ultimately lost to a team from the University of Kansas, while Walkington and Rodriguez lost to a team from Northwestern University in the finals.

 

MSU Debate Team Finishes in Top 16 of First Tournament

The Michigan State University debate team kicked off its first competition of the 2017-18 season at the Georgia State National College Debate Tournament, finishing in the top 16 out of 110 teams.

Conor Munsinger, economics junior, and Lena Grossman, political theory and constitutional democracy sophomore, secured the top 16 finish for MSU. The pair defeated teams from the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, George Mason University, University of West Georgia, Emory University and the University of Texas before falling to a team from the University of Georgia.

Alex Brown, a sophomore majoring in social relations and policy, and Lauren Pepper, an Honors College junior double majoring in zoology and public policy, also finished in the top 32.

Jack Scullion, Duvall Adair and Ezra Serrins, all freshmen in James Madison College, also competed for MSU along with Evan Jones, an Honors College freshman majoring in biosystems engineering, Briana Lewis, a senior majoring in comparative cultures and politics and Breanna Brill, a junior majoring in professional writing and political science.  

“I was happy with our team’s performance at the first tournament of the competitive season,” said Will Repko, head coach. “We have a young group of debaters this year and I’m eager to see how the season unfolds.”

Next week, the MSU debate team will compete in a tournament at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

 

2016-2017 

 

MSU Debate Qualifies Two Teams for National Championship

MSU Debate will have two pairs of teams debating in the National Debate Tournament – marking the 21st consecutive season that MSU has qualified at least one team to the tournament.

Representing MSU will be James Madison freshman Lena Grossman and her teammate, accounting sophomore Christian Rodriguez, as well as Honors College physics sophomore Evan Runburg and his teammate, social relations and public policy sophomore Luc Walkington. The students qualified for the national tournament after competing in a district competition held at MSU over the weekend.

Seventy-eight teams will compete at the 71st annual National Debate Tournament, which will be held at the University of Kansas in Kansas City March 23-27.

“This year’s set of MSU qualifiers is especially young – three sophomores and a freshman,” said Debate Head Coach Will Repko. “These students have worked hard throughout the season and I’m looking forward to seeing how they compete at the national tournament.”

Another Top 16 Finish for MSU Debate

The Michigan State University Debate Team traveled to the University of Kentucky and Connor Munsinger and Luc Walkington made the Sweet Sixteen again with wins over Texas, Emory, Harvard, Wake and Michigan.

Lena Grossman and Evan Runburg ended another tournament with a winning record and a ton of awesome wins. At both GSU and Kentucky they had multiple prelim wins against teams that were in elimination rounds.

Briana Lewis, Christian Rodriquez, Alex Brown, Breana Brill, Lauren Pepper, Naya Henderson, Tamara Porter, & Wayne Campbell also tallied up some awesome wins in Lexington.

Earlier in the week at the prestigious Kentucky Round Robin Connor and Luc ended up with wins over Georgetown University, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, and University of Kentucky.

 

MSU Debate Finishes in Top 16 at First Tournament

The Michigan State University Debate Team recently kicked off its 2016-17 season, finishing in the top 16 out of 105 teams competing at the Georgia State National College Debate Tournament.

Honors College and economics student Connor Munsinger, and his teammate Luc Walkington, a social relations and public policy major, made it into the octafinals on Monday after defeating a team from Indiana University. The pair lost to a team from the University of California, Berkeley.

“Last year, Georgia State was Connor and Luc’s first college debate together and they made it to the elimination rounds,” said Will Repko, debate team head coach. “To then make it into the top 16 this year shows improvement on their part. I’m looking forward to what the rest of the season has in store.”

Overall, five MSU teams competed in the Georgia State tournament, including:

  • Professional writing junior Breana Brill and her teammate, James Madison freshman Lauren Pepper
  • James Madison freshman Lena Grossman and her teammate, Honors College physics sophomore Evan Runburg
  • Political science junior Wayne Campbell and his partner, James Madison freshman Andrew Impostato
  • James Madison freshman Alex Brown and his teammate, accounting sophomore Christian Rodriguez

The debate team is scheduled to compete in a tournament at the University of Kentucky next week. MSU is one of nine top teams in the country invited to the Kentucky Round Robin leading up to this tournament.

 

 

2015-2016

MSU Debate Finishes in Final 4 of National Tournament

The Michigan State University Debate team finished in the top four out of 78 teams competing at the National Debate Tournament held at Binghamton University March 31-April 4.

Tyler Thur, an Honors College senior majoring in international relations, and his teammate, math senior Margaret Strong, defeated teams from Wake Forest University, Harvard University, Weber State University, Rutgers University-Newark, Emory University, Liberty University and the University of Kentucky during the preliminary and elimination rounds. 

Thur and Strong were defeated in the semi-finals by a team from Harvard. The judge’s decision was 3-2 in favor of Harvard, which went on to win the tournament.

Overall, 45 colleges debated about United States military presence abroad, which was this season’s topic.

Connor Munsinger, an Honors College sophomore majoring in computer science, and Luc Walkington, a freshman majoring in international relations, also competed for MSU and finished in the top 32. They defeated teams from Dartmouth, Georgetown, the University of Texas, Gonzaga and Wake Forest in the preliminary rounds.

MSU and the University of Michigan were the only Michigan schools to send a team to the competition.

“Marge and Tyler are talented debaters and I’m extremely proud of their performance at the national tournament,” said Debate Head Coach Will Repko. “Both Marge and Tyler are seniors, and it’s always hard to see a senior finish his or her last debate. But they finished on their highest note as members of MSU Debate.

“I also want to congratulate Connor and Luc, who were competing for the first time together at the national tournament, for finishing in the top 32 of teams.”

 

MSU Debate Team Finishes in Top 8 at Texas Tournament

The Michigan State University debate team finished in the top eight out of 124 teams competing in the Texas Open tournament this week.

Representing MSU in the quarterfinals was the pair of Honors College and international relations senior Tyler Thur and mathematics senior Margaret Strong. Thur and Strong defeated teams from the University of Kansas, Baylor University, Emory University, the University of Kentucky and the University of Southern California before falling to a team from Rutgers University-Newark.

Professional writing sophomore Breana Brill, Honors College physics freshman Evan Runburg, Honors College computer science sophomore Connor Munsinger and international relations freshman Luc Walkington also competed for MSU in Texas, but did not make it to the elimination rounds.

“Marge and Tyler have had a brilliant debate season and finished strong at the Texas Open,” said head coach Will Repko. “Our team is looking forward to district competitions, and ultimately, the National Debate Tournament coming up later this semester.”

The Texas Open was the last major national tournament of the spring before the National Debate Tournament. Bids for the NDT will be announced throughout the coming weeks. The 70th annual NDT will be held March 30-April 5 at Binghampton University in Binghampton, New York. 

 

Debate Team Earns Final Four Standing at California Tournament

 The Michigan State University Debate Team continued its strong season with a finish in the top four of a tournament held in California over the winter break.

Ninety-seven teams from across the United States competed in the tournament.

Honors College and international relations senior Tyler Thur and mathematics senior Margaret Strong made it to the quarterfinals after defeating pairs from Harvard University, the University of Michigan, Trinity University, Indiana University, Rutgers University-Newark and Georgetown University.

Strong finished fifth overall in individual speaker awards and Thur finished seventh.

“The California tournament is an important marker as it kicks off the final half of the competitive college debate season,” said Head Coach Will Repko. “Tyler and Marge had another great tournament in California, continuing their standing as a top-ranked team nationally.”

Also competing for MSU were the pairs of Honors College and computer science sophomore Connor Munsinger and international relations freshman Luc Walkington; and professional writing sophomore Breana Brill and Honors College physics freshman Evan Runburg.

The season’s debate topic is U.S. military presence abroad. The MSU Debate Team will compete in the Dartmouth Round Robin – a highly-selective event for only the top seven teams in the country – Jan. 23-24.

 

Debate Team Invited to Elite Competition at Dartmouth

The Michigan State University Debate Team has been invited to compete in the Dartmouth Round Robin in January – a highly-selective event for only the top seven teams in the country.

 The Dartmouth Round Robin is one of the longest running round robins in college debate and has the most elite requirements of any tournament. In addition to MSU, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Michigan, Harvard University, Emory University, the University of Kentucky and Wake Forest University will compete Jan. 23-24 in Hanover, New Hampshire.

 Representing MSU will be Tyler Thur, an Honors College and international relations senior, and Margaret Strong, a mathematics senior. Strong and Thur are ranked third in the country.

 This is the second appearance at the Dartmouth Round Robin for Strong and Thur, one of two teams with back-to-back invitations to the round robin.

 The season’s debate topic is United States military presence abroad.

 “Marge and Tyler have worked day-in and day-out to be ranked No. 3 in the country and represent MSU at this level,” said Head Coach Will Repko. “As a coach, that’s all you can ask for.” 

MSU Debate Team Finishes in Final Four of Wake Forest Tournament

The Michigan State University Debate Team finished in the final four of the Franklin R. Shirley Classic, a tournament held at Wake Forest University that included 146 teams from across the country.

Honors College and international relations senior Tyler Thur and mathematics senior Margaret Strong made it to the semifinals after defeating pairs from California State University-Fullerton, the University of Kansas and the University of California-Berkeley. The MSU team lost the semifinals round to a team from the University of Michigan.

Thur finished 10th overall in individual speaker awards and Strong finished 17th.

Also competing for MSU were the teams of Honors College and computer science sophomore Connor Munsinger and international relations freshman Luc Walkington; political science junior Darcell Brown and Honors College physics freshman Evan Runburg.

The season’s debate topic is United States military presence abroad. The Shirley Classic is the last tournament of the fall semester. The MSU Debate Team will compete in two tournaments in early January.

“I’m proud that the MSU Debate Team continues to be a contender for the national championship. Last month, we were ranked No. 5 in the country,” said Head Coach Will Repko. “Heading into the middle of the season, we’ve had some really strong performances from this group of students and I look forward to them continue to do better at the tournaments we have ahead of us.”

Debate Team Finished in Top Eight at Vanderbilt Tournament

Two pairings from the Michigan State University debate team made it into the elimination rounds at a recent Vanderbilt University tournament.

Professional writing sophomore Breana Brill and her teammate, economics and political science sophomore Wayne Campbell, finished in the top eight. Political science junior Darcell Brown and his teammate, Honors College physics freshman Evan Runburg, finished in the top 16.

Twenty-six teams competed in the tournament, including pairs from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.

Two other pairs from MSU also competed in the tournament: Honors College international relations and economics freshman Jake Wier and his teammate, political science freshman Travis McClendon; and comparative cultures and politics sophomore Briana Lewis and her teammate, physics freshman Daniel Oleynik.

“The Vanderbilt tournament was a great opportunity for our team to compete in a smaller, yet competitive, setting,” said Coach Will Repko. “I’d like to congratulate Breana, Wayne, Darcell and Evan for advancing to the elimination rounds in the Vanderbilt tournament.”

The MSU Debate Team, part of the Honors College, will compete at its next tournament at Harvard University on Oct. 31.

MSU Debate Team Wins Elite Round Robin  

The Michigan State University Debate Team won the Kentucky Round Robin – an elite event in which only nine of the top teams in the country compete. 

Honors College and international relations senior Tyler Thur and mathematics senior Margaret Strong went 7-1 in their debates, defeating teams from the University of Michigan, Harvard University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Kansas, Trinity University, Emory University and the University of Texas-Dallas. 

The two also competed in the larger University of Kentucky tournament, finishing in the top eight out of 92 teams. In individual speaker awards, Thur took second place and Strong took ninth place. 

Honors College and computer science sophomore Connor Munsinger and international relations freshman Luc Walkington also finished in the top 32 of the tournament. The season’s debate topic is U.S. military presence abroad. 

“The Kentucky Round Robin invites the most-skilled college debaters,” said Head Coach Will Repko. “It’s fantastic to see Marge and Tyler doing so well early in the season.” 

Overall, five MSU teams competed in the Kentucky tournament, including: professional writing sophomore Breana Brill and her teammate, economics and political science sophomore Wayne Campbell; elementary education senior Shannon Nierman, and her teammate, undecided James Madison College first-year Eric Staats; and Honors College and international relations and economics freshman Jake Wier and his teammate, political science freshman Travis McClendon. 

The MSU Debate Team, part of the Honors College, will compete in its next tournament Oct. 16-18 at Vanderbilt University. 

MSU Debate Team Finished in Top 16 of First Tournament

The Michigan State University Debate Team kicked off its first competition of the 2015-16 season with a finish in the top 16 out of 122 teams registered to compete in the Georgia State National College Debate Tournament.

Honors College and international relations senior Tyler Thur and mathematics senior Margaret Strong defeated a team from Liberty University to make it into the octafinals round on Monday, but ultimately lost to a University of Kentucky team that finished second in the tournament.

Another MSU team finished in the top 32 – Honors College and computer science sophomore Connor Munsinger and international relations freshman Luc Walkington.

Thur, Munsinger and Strong also finished with a top 20 ranking among speakers at the tournament.

“Congratulations to Tyler and Marge for a strong finish in the first debate of the season, and to Connor and Luc for making it to the elimination rounds in their first college debate together,” said Head Coach Will Repko. “We have a long season ahead of us, but the team is excited to have some momentum coming out of this first tournament in Atlanta.”

Overall, six MSU teams competed in the Georgia State tournament, including: professional writing sophomore Breana Brill and her teammate, economics and political science sophomore Wayne Campbell; political science junior Darcell Brown and his teammate, Honors College physics freshman Evan Runburg; elementary education senior Shannon Nierman, and her teammate undecided James Madison College first-year Eric Staats; and no-preference freshman Marnise Henry and her teammate, comparative cultures and politics sophomore Briana Lewis.

Next week, the MSU Debate Team will compete in a tournament at the University of Kentucky. MSU is one of nine of the top teams in the country chosen to also compete in the Kentucky Round Robin, which is held prior to the start of the larger tournament. 

 

2014-2015

Michigan State Debate finishes in top 8 at national tournament

The Michigan State University Debate team finished in the Elite Eight of the National Debate Tournament held at the University of Iowa April 3-6.

Tyler Thur, an Honors College junior majoring in international relations, and his teammate math junior Margaret Strong, defeated teams from Georgetown University, the University of California-Berkley, the University of Michigan, the University of West Georgia, the University of Georgia, the University of Wyoming, and the University of Minnesota during the preliminary and elimination rounds.

Thur and Strong were defeated in the quarterfinals by a team from the University of Michigan.

Seventy eight teams from 47 colleges debated the resolution “The United States should legalize all or nearly all of one or more of the following in the United States: marijuana, online gambling, physician-assisted suicide, prostitution, the sale of human organs.

International relations senior Jack Caporal and international relations senior Quinn Zemel also competed for MSU and finished in the top 32. They defeated teams from Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, Rutgers University-Newark, the University of Georgia, and Towson University in the preliminary rounds.

MSU, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University were the only Michigan schools to send a team to the competition.

“Tyler and Marge performed exceptionally well at the National Debate Tournament and I’m proud of their accomplishments today and throughout the season,” said Debate Head Coach Will Repko. “I also want to congratulate Quinn and Jack on an incredibly strong season of competition, including a first place earlier this season at a Miami University tournament. Both Quinn and Jack are seniors, and we want to thank them for dedicating their talent and their time to MSU Debate.”

Debate teams head to national tournament

The Michigan State University Debate team has received two first-round bids for the National Debate Tournament – designating them as two of top 16 teams in the country.

This is the first time MSU has qualified two teams in the first round since 2005.

The MSU team members receiving early bids are Tyler Thur, an Honors College junior majoring in international relations, math junior Margaret Strong, international relations senior Jack Caporal and international relations senior Quinn Zemel.

All four students competed in the national tournament last year. Thur competed with a different partner and finished in the top 16. Caporal and Zemel finished in the top 32 and Strong, who also competed with a different partner, did not qualify for the elimination rounds.

Other colleges that earned at-large bids include: the University of Michigan, Harvard University, Northwestern University, the University Minnesota, the University of California-Berkeley, Emory University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, Kansas University, the University of Oklahoma and Wake Forest University.

MSU was one of four colleges to receive the maximum of two teams entered into the competition. U-M, Harvard and UC-Berkeley were the others.

“Bids are voted on by a panel of coaches from around the country and are based on season-long performance,” said Debate Head Coach Will Repko. “Jack, Quinn, Marge and Tyler have performed exceptionally this season and deserve this recognition.”

The national tournament will be held at the University of Iowa from April 3-6, 2015.

By receiving an at-large, first-round bid, these students automatically qualify for the national tournament, bypassing the normal procedure.

Debate team brings home 1st place win at Texas

The Michigan State University debate team won the Texas Open tournament this week, besting a team from the University of Michigan in the final round.

Tyler Thur, an Honors College member and international relations junior, and his partner, math junior Margaret Strong, were the winning MSU team. Thur and Strong are the first team of juniors to win a major national tournament for MSU.

The Texas Open is the last major national tournament of the spring before the National Debate Tournament. In all, 130 teams competed in the Texas tournament.

During the elimination rounds, MSU beat teams from Harvard University, Northwestern University, the University of Kentucky and Emory University.

“They say everything is bigger in Texas, and this win sure feels that way,” said head coach Will Repko. “Marge and Tyler were nothing but tenacious in their pursuit for first place. I congratulate both of them for their outstanding performances.”

Sean Lavelle, a political science/pre-law freshman, and Connor Munsinger, an Honors College computer science first-year, also competed for MSU at Texas. They finished 5-3 and missed advancing to the elimination rounds on speaker points. Their performance is considered strong for first-year college debaters.

Bids for the NDT will be announced throughout the coming weeks. The 69th annual NDT will be held April 3-6 at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.

Debate team makes it to Quarters of Indiana

MSU LM - Connor Munsinger and Sean Lavelle - finished the Indiana tournament in the quarters. The had only two losses all tournament and some awesome wins (including beating Michigan).

Debate team clinches 1st place win at Miami tournament

The Michigan State University debate team came out No. 1 in a crowd of nearly 50 teams at the University of Miami debate tournament this week.

International relations senior Jack Caporal and international relations senior Quinn Zemel bested teams from Emory University, the University of Michigan, Dartmouth College, Vanderbilt University, the University of Kentucky, Indiana University and Trinity University to win first place.

“Heading into the final half of the debate season, Michigan State has two teams ranked nationally, which includes Caporal and Zemel,” Debate Head Coach Will Repko said. “We’re excited to see the momentum, built on hours of preparation, continues to build for our team.”

Also competing at Miami were James Madison undecided freshman Briana Lewis, accounting freshman Wayne Campbell, education junior Shannon Nierman, social relations and policy sophomore Shannon Fagan, political science/pre-law freshman Sean Lavelle and computer science first-year Connor Munsinger. Fagan and Munsinger are also members of the Honors College.

Lavelle and Munsinger also made it to the octafinals round (top 16 teams) in Miami, but were matched against Caporal and Zemel. If two teams from the same school are matched up in debate, the higher-seeded team automatically advances to the next round.

In all, 47 teams competed in the Miami tournament.

Miami wasn’t the only tournament in which members of MSU’s debate team competed this week.

Tyler Thur, an Honors College member and international relations junior, and teammate Darcell Brown, a political science sophomore, competed in the University of Southern California’s tournament. They placed in the top 32 out of 121 teams.

The MSU debate team will compete on Wednesday in a tournament at California State University in Fullerton.

 

MSU Debate team finishes in top 16 at largest tournament of the fall

The Michigan State University Debate team had two top 16 finishes in the Franklin R. Shirley Classic Tournament held this week – the largest tournament of the fall semester.

In all, 140 teams competed in the tournament from universities across the country.

Honors College member and international relations junior Tyler Thur and math junior Margaret Strong, along with the pairing of international relations senior Jack Caporal and international relations senior Quinn Zemel, were the two MSU teams to finish in the octafinals.

Also competing for MSU was the team of political science sophomore Darcell Brown and Connor Munsinger, a first-year Honors College member majoring in computer science. They did not make it to the elimination round of the tournament.

As a team, MSU Debate bested competitors from Baylor University, Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, the University of Florida and the University of Kentucky, among others.

“The Franklin R. Shirley Classic is the largest tournament in the fall portion of debate season,” said head coach Will Repko. “Having two teams finish in the top 16 – out of 140 teams – is always good to see. I’m proud of Jack, Quinn, Tyler and Marge for debating so well.”  

The team will conclude the semester in early December with the Spartan Classic tournament, which hosts high school students from around the Midwest.

MSU Debate finishes in semifinals of Butler University tournament

The Michigan State University Debate team finished in the semifinals of a tournament held at Butler University over the weekend.

The two teams making it to the semifinals consisted of: education junior Shannon Nierman and her teammate, Honors College member Shannon Fagan, a sophomore studying social relations and policy, along with James Madison undecided freshman Briana Lewis and her teammate, political science freshman Breana Brill.  

Lyman Briggs undecided freshman Naya Henderson, and her teammate, accounting freshman Wayne Campbell, also competed for MSU at the Butler tournament.

Eleven teams from six schools competed overall. Four of MSU Debate team members placed in the top 10 for individual speaker awards.  

The next competition of the season begins Friday at Wake Forest University.

“The Butler University tournament is a regional tournament and allows some of our younger members to get more experience at the collegiate level,” Repko said. “Kudos to our debaters for making it to the semifinals.”

MSU debate team finishes in top four of Harvard tournament

The MSU debate team finished in the final four of the Harvard University tournament this week.

International relations junior Tyler Thur and his partner, math junior Margaret Strong, made it to the semifinals after beating teams from Oklahoma University and the University of California-Berkeley. They lost to Northwestern University in the semifinals.

The team of international relations senior Jack Caporal and international relations senior Quinn Zemel made it to the sweet 16, but lost to the University of California-Berkeley.

Also competing for MSU was the team of political science and pre-law freshman Sean Lavelle and computer science sophomore Connor Munsinger.

In all, 84 teams competed in the Harvard tournament.

“Our team made a compelling run at the Harvard tournament,” said head coach Will Repko. “Tyler and Marge not only made it to the final four, but also earned individual speaker awards from the judges. We are definitely picking up momentum as the season continues.”

Thur placed third in the individual speaker award category and Strong placed sixth.

The next tournament the team will compete in will be held at Butler University Nov. 7-9

MSU Debate team earns 2nd place at University of Kentucky tournament 

The Michigan State University Debate team earned 2nd place at the University of Kentucky tournament and won the Freshman National Championship this week.

Sean Lavelle, a political science/pre-law freshman, and Connor Munsinger, an Honors College computer science freshman, won the Freshman National Championship by defeating teams from Wake Forest University, Emory University and Harvard University.

The 2nd place win was led by the team of Tyler Thur, an Honors College member and international relations junior, and his partner, math junior Margaret Strong. Both Thur and Strong also competed in the Kentucky Round Robin, held the weekend prior to the tournament, and took 3rd place among the top nine teams across the country.

A field of 150 teams competed in the University of Kentucky tournament.

Thur and Strong were matched up in the quarterfinals with fellow teammates, international relations senior Jack Caporal and international relations senior Quinn Zemel. In situations where two teams from the same college meet in an elimination round, the higher-seeded team automatically advances and no debate is held.

Caporal and Zemel finished in the top eight after scoring wins against teams from the University of Southern California and the University of Minnesota.

Thur and Strong earned wins over teams from Harvard University, Georgetown University, and the University of Kentucky before losing to a team from the University of Michigan in the finals.

“Tyler and Margaret performed exceptionally at the University of Kentucky tournament and the Round Robin,” said head coach Will Repko. “It was also great to see Connor and Sean score a major win at the Freshman National Championship. I think this tournament for us demonstrated the depth of the MSU Debate team.”

MSU sent eight teams to the Kentucky tournament, including: Lizzie Prete, James Madison undecided freshman; Breana Brill, political science freshman; Shannon Nierman, education junior; Shannon Fagan, Honors College, social relations and policy sophomore; Darcell Brown, political science sophomore; Jonass Placitis, social relations and policy sophomore; Sohela Suri, James Madison undecided sophomore; Wayne Campbell accounting freshman; Sagar Rathod, human biology and neuroscience freshman; and Naya Henderson, Lyman Briggs undecided freshman.

The next tournament the MSU Debate team will compete in will be held at Harvard University October 25-27.  

MSU Debate team finishes in quarterfinals of first tournament

The Michigan State University Debate team kicked off its first tournament competition of the 2014-15 season with a finish in the quarterfinals.

International relations senior Jack Caporal and his partner, international relations senior Quinn Zemel, bested teams from the University of Kansas and Wake Forest University, but lost on a split 3-2 decision to a team from Northwestern University.

“There’s always a lot of energy heading into the first competition of the year and finishing with a team in the top eight was a strong showing for us,” said head coach Will Repko. “The first tournament helps the students get a lay of the land in terms of the competition out there and get prepared for the long season ahead.”

Tyler Thur, an Honors College member and international relations junior, and his partner, math junior Margaret Strong, also had a strong showing and finished in the top 16 (also known as the octa-finals).

Overall, seven teams competed in the Georgia State University tournament, including: Lizzie Prete, James Madison undecided freshman; Breana Brill, political science freshman; Shannon Nierman, education junior; Shannon Fagan, Honors College, social relations and policy sophomore; Briana Lewis, James Madison undecided freshman; Linda Lay, Honors College, biosystems engineering junior; Darcell Brown, political science sophomore; Jonass Placitis, social relations and policy sophomore; Sohela Suri, James Madison undecided sophomore; and Wayne Campbell accounting freshman.

The next tournament the MSU Debate team will compete in will be held at the University of Kentucky September 30-October 2. MSU was one of nine of the top teams in the country chosen to also compete in the Kentucky Round Robin.

2013-2014

MSU Debate finishes in top 16 of National Debate Tournament

The Michigan State University Debate Team finished in the top 16 at the National Debate Tournament, which ended Monday.

MSU was one of six schools in the country to qualify three teams to the national competition. This was the first time since 2008 that MSU qualified three teams.

MSU lost to Northwestern University on a 5-2 decision in the octafinals. It was the final debate for the two-person team of international relations, Chinese, comparative cultures and politics senior Kaavya Ramesh and international relations sophomore Tyler Thur. Ramesh and Thur are also members of the Honors College.

International relations juniors Jack Caporal and Quinn Zemel finished in the top 32. A total of 80 teams competed in the tournament.  

International relations junior Aniela Butler and math sophomore Margaret Strong also competed, but did not qualify for the elimination rounds. Butler and Strong were one of nine, two-woman teams competing at nationals.

“After a hard-fought season, MSU debate put it all on the line and competed with the best,” said Debate Head Coach Will Repko. “This was an emotional end to the season because Kaavya is a senior and this is her last year of debate. We’re proud of our team and the hard work and dedication to debate they demonstrated all year.”

MSU Debate advances three teams to elimination rounds of Texas tournament

The Michigan State University Debate team recently competed in the University of Texas tournament with three of the two-person teams advancing to the elimination rounds.

“MSU was one of only two schools to clear three or more two-person teams at Texas, which is impressive considering 150 teams participated,” said Debate Head Coach Will Repko. “Texas was the last major national competition before the college national championships and it’s the single largest tournament of the year.”

Honors College members Kaavya Ramesh, an international relations, Chinese, comparative cultures and politics senior, and Tyler Thur, an international relations sophomore, finished in 11th place overall.

International relations junior Jack Caporal and international relations junior Quinn Zemel finished 24th, upsetting the No. 9 seed Towson University.

International relations junior Aniela Butler and math sophomore Margaret Strong finished as Double-Octafinalists.

Political science freshman Darcel Brown and Jonass Placitis, an undecided freshman in the James Madison College, also competed in Texas.

MSU recorded wins against Baylor University, the University of California-Berkeley, Emory University, Georgetown University, the University of Houston, Indiana University, the University of Minnesota, the University Texas, and Towson University, among others.

Up next is the District 5 qualifying tournament for the National Debate Tournament, held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor from Feb. 21-23.

MSU Debate takes 1st place in Indiana tournament; runner-up in prestigious Weber Round Robin

The Michigan State University Debate Team recently took top honors at a tournament hosted by Indiana University and was runner-up in the Weber Round Robin held in Utah.

The Indiana University tournament was held Jan. 24-27 in Bloomington, Indiana and the Weber Round Robin, which only invites the top 16, two-person teams in the country, was held Jan. 24-26 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The two-person team of international relations junior Jack Caporal and international relations junior Quinn Zemel took the top spot at Indiana, going 7-0 in the preliminary rounds and defeating the University of Iowa in the final round.

Caporal and Zemel were also awarded the top two spots as individual speakers.

Honors College members Kaavya Ramesh, an international relations, Chinese, comparative cultures and politics senior, and Tyler Thur, an international relations sophomore, also went undefeated in the Indiana preliminary rounds and finished as semifinalists.

The tournament featured 19 teams representing eight universities. In nine head-to-head debates with the University of Michigan, MSU went 7-2.

Over at the Weber Round Robin, international relations junior Aniela Butler and math sophomore Margaret Strong went 6-1 in the preliminary rounds and finished in second place after losing a tough match to a team from the University of North Texas.

Strong received the top individual speaker award in her division, while Butler finished 4th in her individual speaker category. As a team, they recorded wins against: Arizona State University, Gonzaga University, Kansas City Kansas Community College, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Weber State University, and Wichita State University.  

“Our students skillfully outperformed teams from across the country, putting MSU in a strong position heading into the National Debate Tournament later this semester,” said Debate Head Coach Will Repko. “We’re proud to show MSU can beat the best on any playing field.”

The MSU Debate Team will now head to the University of Texas for a competition on Feb. 7. The National Debate Tournament will take place at the end of March.

 

MSU Debate advances to elimination rounds in California tournaments

The Michigan State University Debate Team advanced to the elimination rounds in back-to-back tournaments held in California recently. 

The debates were held Jan. 3-5 at the University of Southern California and Jan. 7-9 at California State University, Fullerton.  

At USC, all three, two-person MSU teams advanced to the elimination rounds.

Placing 5th at the tournament were Honors College members Kaavya Ramesh, an international relations, Chinese, comparative cultures and politics senior, and Tyler Thur, an international relations sophomore.

The teams of international relations junior Jack Caporal and international relations junior Quinn Zemel, as well as of international relations junior Aniela Butler and math sophomore Margaret Strong , cleared the USC tournament with 4-2 records, respectively.

At USC, 116, two-person teams competed from 42 colleges.

At Fullerton, Ramesh and Thur placed in the top eight out of 115, two-person teams representing 42 colleges.

Between the two California tournaments, MSU recorded wins against Harvard University, Cornell University, Emory University, the University of California-Berkeley, New York University, the University of Kansas, the University of Kentucky, the University of Oklahoma, and Wake Forest University.

As a squad, MSU had an overall winning record in five debates against the University of Michigan.

“The MSU Debate Team kicked off the spring semester a bit early with back-to-back tournaments in California,” said Debate Head Coach Will Repko. “Overall, our teams performed well at both, advancing to the elimination rounds and scoring strong wins against Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and others.”

 

 

MSU Debate Places Fifth at Wake Forest Tournament

The Michigan State University Debate Team placed 5th at the Franklin R. Shirley Classic Tournament – the largest tournament of the fall semester.

The debate was held on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina from November 15-19. 

The top-finishing, two-person MSU team comprised Honors College students Kaavya Ramesh, an international relations, Chinese, comparative cultures and politics senior and Tyler Thur, an international relations sophomore, who finished 5th out of 175 teams competing from 70 schools.

The team of international relations junior Jack Caporal and international relations junior Quinn Zemel placed 9th  The team of international relations junior Aniela Butler and math sophomore Margaret Strong finished 33rd, narrowly missing the elimination rounds.

As a squad, the team recorded wins over reigning National Debate Tournament champion, Rutgers University, as well as Northwestern University, UC Berkeley, Dartmouth, Georgia, Kansas, Iowa, Emory, and George Mason, among others. The team was undefeated in two rounds against Harvard University and the debate against the University of Michigan.

“The MSU Debate Team had our best performance of the season at the Shirley tournament and it feels good to end the semester on a high note,” said Debate Head Coach Will Repko. “We look forward to the spring semester competitions leading up to the National Debate Tournament at the end of March.”

 

Wake Forest was the last tournament for the semester. Next up is the "California Swing" tournaments at the University of Southern California and California State University, Fullerton from January 3-9, 2014.

 

Three Teams in the Top 25 at Harvard

The Michigan State University Debate Team placed three two-person teams in teh top 25 at the Harvard University tournament.

The debate was held Oct. 26-28 on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

The top-finishing two-person MSU team consisted of Honors College students Kaavya Ramesh, an international relations, Chinese, comparative cultures and politics senior, and Tyler Thur, an international relations sophomore, who finished 17th out of 77 teams competing from 36 schools.

The team of international relations junior Aniela Butler and math sophomore Margaret Strong finished 19th. And the team of international relations junior Jack Caporal and international relations junior Quinn Zemel placed 25th.

As a squad, the team recorded wins over: New York University, Northwestern University, Stanford University, Wake Forest University and the University of Michigan, among others.

“Having all three of our teams place in the top 25 at the Harvard tournament was a strong statement to the rest of the competition,” said Debate Head Coach Will Repko. “Kudos to our students; they were prepared for the tournament and preformed tremendously.”

The team travels to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Franklin R. Shirley Classic Tournament on Nov. 15. The Shirley is the largest tournament of the fall semester and will be attended by 150 teams from around the country.

 

Back to Back Tournaments in Lexington Bring Success

The MSU Debate team attended two tournaments back to back hosted by the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY October 2-7.

The team of Kaavya Ramesh and Tyler Thur was among 9 two-person teams invited to the Kentucky Round Robin. Teams are invited based on their national ranking, so attendance at this exclusive event is quite the honor. Other schools attending were: Northwestern University, Harvard University, Wake Forest University, Mary Washington University, Emory University, University of Michigan, University of Oklahoma, and the University of Kentucky. "RT" scored wins over Oklahoma, Mary Washington, and Kentucky, finishing 3-5 which tied for 4th place overall. 

At the University of Kentucky tournament, hosted on campus, we had 3 two-person teams finish with winning records. Ramesh-Thur, Butler-Strong, and Caporal-Zemel. Ramesh-Thur was 5-3, as was Butler-Strong. Caporal-Zemel ended with their best-ever preliminary performance and a final record of 6-2. In addition, Ramesh-Thur and Caporal-Zemel advanced to the double-octafinals, a significant accomplishment (top 32 out of a field of 150).

The team had wins over University of Southern California, Emory, George Washington University, the University of Michigan, and others.

 

MSU Debate Team Scores Win in First Season Tournament

The MSU Debate Team recently made it to the quarterfinals of the Georgia State University National Debate Tournament.

The debate was held on GSU’s campus in Atlanta Sept. 21-23. More than 100 teams attended from around the country.

MSU was one of four schools attending to advance three or more two-person teams to the elimination rounds. To qualify for the elimination rounds, a team must have a minimum preliminary record of 5-3 and be among the top 32 seeds at the tournament.

Qualifying for the eliminations rounds for MSU: international relations, Chinese, comparative cultures and politics senior Kaavya Ramesh; international relations junior Aniela Butler; international relations junior Jack Caporal; international relations junior Quinn Zemel; math sophomore Margaret Strong; and international relations sophomore Tyler Thur. Ramesh and Thur are also Honors College students.

In addition, the team of Butler and Strong won two elimination debates against extremely strong competition from the University of Oklahoma and Wayne State University to advance to the quarterfinals.

“This result places them among the top 10 two-person teams nationally,” said Debate Head Coach Will Repko. “Overall, the team had an outstanding start to the year, traveling 12 debaters to one of the most highly competitive tournaments of the year. We also went undefeated against the University of Michigan.”

The team scored wins against: Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Emory University, New York University, the University of Georgia, the University of Iowa, the University of Kansas, the University of Minnesota and Wake Forest University.