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Business School Undergraduates Help UM Debate Team Shine in National Competition

March 27, 2014
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The University’s Junior Division Debate Team, which includes an undergraduate student from the School of Business, earned an impressive 6-0 record during the preliminaries at the American Debate Association National Championship held in March at Liberty University.

The School’s Spencer George, along with UM teammate David Silverman, advanced to the semifinals, though the team was upset by George Mason in a split decision.

UM’s Novice Debate Team also advanced to the semifinals in the same competition, scoring wins over Liberty University, Vanderbilt University, Boston College and James Madison University.  They defeated a team from George Mason University, before facing the top George Mason team in quarterfinals.  UM gave George Mason only their 2nd loss in 20 debates, advancing into a semifinal match with rival Wake Forest.  UM won that debate as well, advancing into a final round debate with the other Wake Forest team.  UM lost a close 2-1 decision in finals, but their names will be engraved on the permanent American Debate Association trophy as 2014 finalists. In addition to George, the UM Debate Team includes School of Business student Michael Fuentes, as well as students from across campus.

Pictured: David Silverman (left) and Spencer George.

On the strength of these successes and a great year, the UM Debate Team is ranked 17th nationally by the Cross Examination Debate Association and third in the Southeast Region.  Participation is open to any UM undergraduate student.  New members are now being accepted for next year’s team.  Interested students can contact one of the faculty directors, David Steinberg at dave@miami.edu or Patrick Waldinger at waldinger@miami.edu

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