March 10, 2013

UM debate team wins national tournament at UF

University of Miami debaters clinched the victory over Valdosta State University.


The University of Miami debate team won the championship at the national tournament for Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha, the national forensics and debate honorary, held March 1-3 at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Securing the win for the ‘Canes were Ali Jessani, 19, a sophomore majoring in communication studies and political science, and Ryden Butler, 20, a sophomore majoring in political science, history and economics.

The debate team is sponsored by UM School of Communication and directed by Communication Studies Professor David L. Steinberg with the help of coaches/graduate assistants Randall Martinez and Joe Graziano.

The topic of the final debate was “The U.S. Federal government should better fund colleges and universities.” Jessani and Butler defended this statement by defining “better funding” as allocating current funding to support beneficial programs rather than harmful ones. They clinched the victory over Valdosta State University.

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