1992 02-03 University News
@montestevensFL Sorry we missed you @montestevensFL! Almost too many trophies in there to keep clean.
Corey and Anthony will get a rematch of CEDA Finals against Rutgers MN in the Quarters of the NDT! #GoRoos
UMKC Debate Team Number One in Nation
A UMKC debate team, Chris Riffer and David MacDonald, have earned the number one ranking in the nation after winning seven of the last nine tournaments.
The Cross Examination Debate Association, of which UMKC is a member, includes Stanford, UCLA, Cornell, and Columbia University.
The Riffer and MacDonald team are also part of UMKC’s debate squad. This twelve member squad is currently ranked about third in the country.
The UMKC squad competes in the South Central region, and travels the national circuit.
A typical tournament pits 40-80 teams against each other. There are six to eight preliminary competitions, followed by final debates.
UMKC has won tournaments this year at Emporia State, Southwest Missouri State, the University of Central Oklahoma, Arizona State, and Weber State College in Ogden, Utah, where only the top 12 teams in the nation were invited. UMKC beat UCLA 4-1 in the final round.
Linda Collier, debate director, said the debate squad enhances UMKC’s reputation enormously.
“These students give more time to the university than just about anyone else does,” said Collier.
This year’s squad, the largest in the program’s six years of operation, includes Jill Gartner, David Genco, Mike Gfeller, Martin Harris, Brian Johnston, John Johnston, Kristi Kingston, Elaine Maag, David MacDonald, Chris Riffer, Bevin Romans and Tim Scanlon.
“The first year on the squad,” said Collier, “is a baptism by fire.” Rookies get the “drudge work.”
About 25 percent quit after the first year. Collier said that the others stay on out of personal pride and commitment.
“They give up so much,” said Collier, and few students keep the trophies.
To be a debater, Collier said students should be open-minded enough to argue both sides of an issue, be highly interested in doing research, have an individual sense of ego, but also a strong commitment to their team and squad. Debaters can earn a maximum of four credit hours for four years of debating.
Typically, squad members spend 25-30 hours each week on debate activities. Some members, including assistant debate coach, Josh Hoe, a political science senior who won the CEDA nationals in 1990, spend 40 or more hours a week.
Most of the time is used to research the two debate topics for the year and devising strategies for specific opponents and judges.
“Debaters are a closed circle,” said Collier. “We know each other very well.” The hard work can pay off in other areas.
“Debating,” said Collier, “makes students’ class work much easier. They know how to do research papers. After a year or two of college debate, they’ve gone into a lot of depth about key social issues and even some scientific ones.
“For most of my students,” said Collier, “debate is the most important thing that happens to them in college.”
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