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MSU Debate Ends Fall Semester with Another Sweet 16 Appearance

MSU Debate Ends Fall Semester with Another Sweet 16 Appearance

November 15, 2021

Michigan State University Debate had a team reach the Sweet 16 at the Franklin R. Shirley tournament hosted by Wake Forest University this past weekend.

MSU Debate Reaches Sweet 16 at Harvard Tournament

MSU Debate Reaches Sweet 16 at Harvard Tournament

November 1, 2021 - Carly Watson

Michigan State University Debate had a team reach the Sweet 16 at the Harvard University Tournament this past weekend.

MSU Debate Ranked Top 8 at Wayne State University Tournament

MSU Debate Ranked Top 8 at Wayne State University Tournament

October 25, 2021 - Carly Watson

While many students left campus for fall break, Michigan State University Debate students spent the weekend competing at the George Ziegelmueller Invitational tournament hosted by Wayne State University.

MSU Debate Excels at Tournament Hosted by University of Kentucky

MSU Debate Excels at Tournament Hosted by University of Kentucky

October 4, 2021

Michigan State University Debate had two teams competing in elimination debates of the open division and one team reach the quarterfinals of the Wildcat division at the JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky.

Two MSU Debate Teams Reach Elimination Debates at Season Opener

Two MSU Debate Teams Reach Elimination Debates at Season Opener

September 27, 2021

Michigan State University Debate had two competing in elimination debates at the Northwestern Season Opener. Over 140 teams participated in the tournament.

MSU Debate Team Announces 2021 Fall Semester Competition Schedule

MSU Debate Team Announces 2021 Fall Semester Competition Schedule

September 9, 2021

Michigan State University Debate has set their competition schedule for the 2021-22 intercollegiate debate season.

MSU Debate Names New Assistant Coach

MSU Debate Names New Assistant Coach

August 30, 2021

MSU Debate has selected Kevin McCaffrey at next Assistant Debate Coach

2021-2022 College Policy Debate Resolution Selected

2021-2022 College Policy Debate Resolution Selected

July 18, 2021

The Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) has announced the 2021-2022 college policy debate resolution.

MSU Debate Qualifies Third Team to National Debate Tournament

MSU Debate Qualifies Third Team to National Debate Tournament

March 11, 2021

Michigan State University Debate qualified a third team to the National Debate Tournament (NDT). Only six schools nationally are allowed to qualify three teams to the NDT.

MSU Debate Team Qualifies to the National Debate Tournament

MSU Debate Team Qualifies to the National Debate Tournament

February 22, 2021

Michigan State University Debate qualified two teams to the National Debate Tournament (NDT) last weekend at the district qualifying tournament.

Carly Watson Named Next Director of MSU Debate

Carly Watson Named Next Director of MSU Debate

February 17, 2021

MSU Debate is thrilled to announce that Carly Watson is the new director of the MSU Debate Program. Watson takes on this new role after spending nearly ten years at the Debate Team Project and Events Coordinator.

SDI Webinars Return for 2021 Camp Preview

SDI Webinars Return for 2021 Camp Preview

January 9, 2021 - Carly Watson

In anticipation of the 2021 SDI being held online, the Spartan Debate Institute has resumed their popular webinars to preview the camp.

MSU Debate Awards 2020 Distinguished Debater Award to Mitchell Scott

MSU Debate Awards 2020 Distinguished Debater Award to Mitchell Scott

November 21, 2020 - Carly Watson

The MSU Debate Team has awarded the 2020 Distinguished Debater Award (DDA) to Mitchell Scott, computer science freshman, in recognition of his competitive success, commitment to the team, and academic merit.

MSU Debate Named Champions of Wayne State Tournament

MSU Debate Named Champions of Wayne State Tournament

October 26, 2020 - Carly Watson

Michigan State University Debate won the Wayne State George Ziegelmueller Invitational Tournament this past weekend after being undefeated in preliminary debate and besting a team from the University of Michigan in the final round.

Former MSU Director of Debate Dr. James Roper Passes Away

Former MSU Director of Debate Dr. James Roper Passes Away

October 20, 2020 - Will Repko

Dr. James Roper, MSU Debate's first and longest-serving Director of Debate, passed away on October 16, 2020. Dr. Roper was the director of MSU Debate from 1984 until 2000. MSU Debate's Head Coach, Will Repko, and Dr. Roper's son, Dan Roper, reflect on his service to MSU and MSU Debate.

MSU Debate Team Creates Innovative New Partnership in Online Instruction

MSU Debate Team Creates Innovative New Partnership in Online Instruction

September 26, 2020 - Carly Watson

As a trailblazing leader in online debate instruction, Michigan State University Debate is excited to announce an innovative new partnership with the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL).

MSU Debate Team excels at online debate tournament hosted by Northwestern University

MSU Debate Team excels at online debate tournament hosted by Northwestern University

September 25, 2020 - Carly Watson

Michigan State University Debate had two teams reach elimination debates at the Northwestern Season Opener this week. Both MSU Debate Teams reached the top 32 at the tournament with over 125 teams competing.

MSU Debate Team Announces 2020 Fall Semester Competition Schedule

MSU Debate Team Announces 2020 Fall Semester Competition Schedule

September 18, 2020 - Carly Watson

Michigan State University Debate has set their competition schedule for the 2020-21 intercollegiate debate season.

MSU Debate Featured at CitizenDetroit Dinner and Dialogue

MSU Debate Featured at CitizenDetroit Dinner and Dialogue

March 2, 2020 - Carly Watson

Michigan State University Debate participated in a public debate at CitizenDetroit’s Dinner and Dialogue event last week.

MSU Debate Team Leads the Way, Inclusive Forum for Hearing Impaired Student

MSU Debate Team Leads the Way, Inclusive Forum for Hearing Impaired Student

February 7, 2020 - MSU Today

At the forefront of debate technology and inclusion stands the Michigan State debate team. 

MSU Debate Finishes as Finalists at Wayne State Tournament

MSU Debate Finishes as Finalists at Wayne State Tournament

October 29, 2019 - Carly Watson

Michigan State University Debate finished as finalists at the Wayne State Ziegelmueller Invitational this week.

MSU Debate finishes top 32 at season opener

MSU Debate finishes top 32 at season opener

September 23, 2019 - Carly Watson

Michigan State University Debate finished in the top 32 out of 122 teams competing at the Georgia State University Atlanta season open tournament last week.

MSU Debate team announces 2019 fall semester schedule

MSU Debate team announces 2019 fall semester schedule

September 18, 2019 - Carly Watson

Michigan State University Debate has set its travel schedule for the 2019-2020 competitive intercollegiate debate season. 

MSU Debate qualifies three teams for nationals

MSU Debate qualifies three teams for nationals

March 18, 2019 - By: Stephanie Cepak

Michigan State University Debate will compete with three student teams at the upcoming National Debate Tournament – a status only given a select group of colleges in the country.

MSU Debate team competitive season begins Friday

MSU Debate team competitive season begins Friday

September 10, 2018 - By: Stephanie Cepak

The Michigan State University Debate team will begin its 2018-19 competitive season Friday with a tournament in Atlanta, Georgia.

MSU Debate Advances to National Tournament

MSU Debate Advances to National Tournament

March 9, 2018

Two pairs of teams from Michigan State University Debate will compete in the National Debate Tournament, marking the 22nd consecutive season that the university has qualified for competition.

Two Teams in Top 16 at UK Tournament

Two Teams in Top 16 at UK Tournament

October 3, 2017

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.

MSU Debate Team Finishes in Final 4 of National Tournament

MSU Debate Team Finishes in Final 4 of National Tournament

April 7, 2016

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.

MSU Debate Team Wins Elite Round Robin

MSU Debate Team Wins Elite Round Robin

October 7, 2015

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.

Michigan State Debate finishes in top 8 at national tournament

Michigan State Debate finishes in top 8 at national tournament

April 6, 2015 - Stephanie Cepak

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.

MSU Debate team defeats U-M, brings home 1st place win at tournament

MSU Debate team defeats U-M, brings home 1st place win at tournament

February 11, 2015 - Stephanie Cepak

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.

MSU Debate team clinches 1st place win at Miami tournament

MSU Debate team clinches 1st place win at Miami tournament

January 6, 2015 - Stephanie Cepak

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.

MSU Debate finishes in top 16 of National Debate Tournament

MSU Debate finishes in top 16 of National Debate Tournament

April 1, 2014 - Stephanie Cepak

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

MSU Debate advances to elimination rounds in California tournaments

MSU Debate advances to elimination rounds in California tournaments

January 14, 2014 - Stephanie Cepak

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