How to Join
Membership on the MSU Debate Team is open to all students in good academic standing at Michigan State University. No prior experience with debate is necessary.
Membership is open to all classes/grade levels.
The MSU Debate Team participates in NDT/CEDA Debate, also known as Policy Debate or Cross-Examination (CX) Debate. Students compete with a partner on teams of two and debate a year-long topic that is decided by a national vote.
The 2013-2014 topic is: "Resolved: The United States should legalize all or nearly all of one or more of the following in the United States: marihuana, prostitution, online gambling, the sale of human organs, physician assisted suicide." Teams debate both the Affirmative and Negative sides of this topic.
Typically, the team travels to 10-12 tournaments a year, although each two-person team attends 3-4 a semester on average. The MSU Debate Team covers the cost of travel, judging, entry fees, basic supplies, and provides a meal stipend to students when traveling. The college debate "season" begins in mid-September and concludes with the National Debate Tournament at the end of March.
There are also many opportunities for students who are interested in debate, but would prefer a less-competitive path. The team participates in public debates and outreach, including involvement with the Detroit and Kalamazoo Urban Debate Leagues and Michigan High School debate teams, and there are always opportunities to get involved.
Start by contacting us. The best method is email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide your name, whether you are a prospective student or currently enrolled at MSU, your year in school, and whether you have previous experience with debate. We will reply to you with details about the team, setting up an initial meeting with our coaches, and the date/time of our next team meeting.
The best time to join is in Early August. The team meets before the school year begins for our "Pre-Season Retreat," a week-long orientation to the team and topic that typically takes place in the third week of August. However, membership remains open year-round, so feel free to contact us later in the year as well.