IU Debate News

IU debate shows strength with 5th place finish at the American Debate Association's 30th annual National Championship tournament. Seniors Bee Smale and Ari Hoffman came out on top, winning five of their six preliminary debates, a record that secured the 5th overall seed in the elimination debates. Collectively IU debate scored wins against teams from: Wake Forest, Michigan State, Minnesota, Emory, Kentucky, US Naval Academy, Samford, James Madison, Liberty University, Wayne State. 

Seniors Kegan Ferguson and Ari Hoffman arrived at the District 5 National Debate Tournament qualification tournament as a bubble team. While they had accumulated a strong resume in the fall and spring semesters, there was no guarantee that if they failed to qualify out of districts they would receive an at-large bid to attend the NDT. It turns out, they didn't need it. The duo outlasted their competitors from Northwestern, Michigan, and Michigan State to be crowned D5 champions, an IU first.

While most Indiana students enjoyed their winter break away from their academic responsivities, the IU debate team was hard at work debating the intricacies of US climate change policies. Collectively the IU debate team defeated notable teams from Harvard, Georgetown, Kentucky, Wake, Berkeley and others. The two major achievements included an MVP award and a program first, two Hoosier debate teams competing in elimination debates at the CSU Fullerton tournament.

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2016 Team Photo IU Debate
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2014 NDT  @ Indiana University Bloomington
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Berkeley 2016 Muir Woods
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IU qualifies to the NDT after 23 years NDT 2016, Binghamton
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2013 Vanderbilt Tournament
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2010 William Jewel Tournament