The Debate Program at CMU has been active and successful for more than 40 years. Students have won numerous awards at the National Forensics Association's National Tournament, the National Junior Division Debate Tournament, and the National Debate Tournament.
Each year students compete in intercollegiate debate and individual events tournaments. The forensics squad, which typically attends 20 tournaments a year, has traveled to university tournaments in Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Georgia, and throughout Michigan. The debate team budget pays for all tournament entry fees, lodging, transportation and meals.
Student teams may compete in three debate divisions: novice, junior varsity and varsity. Individuals may compete in two divisions: novice and varsity. Practice sessions are often videotaped, and students receive individual critiques to help them prepare effectively for competition.
Although high school experience helps, CMU coaches work closely with beginning students to prepare them for tournament competition. Team members meet at least weekly to work on speeches and plan for tournaments.
Debate students have access to computers and a student lounge. Students also may receive academic credit for their participation in intercollegiate forensics competition.
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