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GSU Qualified for the National Debate Tournament

The team of Josh Grace and Zak Schaller went 4-2 at the District 6 qualifier tournament, qualifying for the NDT – college debate's equivalent of the NCAA basketball tournament. Congratulations to both debaters and to everyone on the team and the coaching staff who worked so hard to make this possible.

Tournament Highlights from Fall 2009 Semester

The GSU Team of Josh Grace and Zachary Schaller won the varsity division of the University of Richmond Spider Classic Debate Tournament on October 12, 2009.

The GSU Team of Josh Grace and Zachary Schaller were in the semi-finals of the varsity division of the University of Vanderbilt Debate Tournament on October 18, 2009.

The GSU Team of Erin Caldwell and Carly Lehrich were in the octo-finals of the junior varsity division of the University of Vanderbilt Debate Tournament on October 18, 2009.

The GSU Team of Josh Grace and Zachary Schaller were in the semi-finals of the varsity division of the Liberty University Debate Tournament on November 8, 2009.

The GSU Team of Miloran Robinson and Jonathan Shane won the junior varsity division of the Appalachian State University Debate Tournament on November 22, 2009.

Stephen Heidt Joins GSU Coaching Staff

Stephen Heidt joins the Georgia State University coaching staff (and the GSU Ph.D program in Communication) after nine years out of debate.  As a collegiate debater at Emory University, Stephen qualified for the NDT three times including two first round bids, was consistently in the late elimination rounds of national tournaments, and won the West Georgia Tournament and CEDA Nationals in 1998.  After graduating in 1998, Stephen coached the 2000 NDT winner from Emory before departing the debate community for the policy world.  Most recently, Stephen, in partnership with the National Debate Project, directed the Colombia Debate Project in Bogotá, Colombia which is a program modeled off the Atlanta Urban Debate League. 

2009 - 2010 Debate Topic Area Announced

For those not familiar with the process, the selection process for a college debate topic is lengthy and complicated. The first really important step is the announcement of a topic area, which will then guide the national Topic Committee in creating a series of actual topics for us to choose from.

The 2009 - 2010 topic area is US nuclear weapons policy — specifically, the extent to which we rely on nuclear weapons. What, exactly, does this mean we'll be debating about? The short answer is: we're not sure yet, because they haven't chosen a specific topic. If you want to get a better idea of the breadth of possible subjects in a nuclear policy topic, you can download the topic paper (written by two members of the Center for Strategic and International Studies) here

Keynote Speaker Announced for GSU College Debate Tournament

The Sanford I. Berman Debate Forum at The University of Nevada Las Vegas, in cooperation with the Georgia State University Debate Team is happy to announce that at our invitation Bob Young, Ph.D., the chief economist for the American Farm Bureau will be the keynote speaker at banquet for the Georgia State University Debate Tournament on Sunday September 21, 2008.  

We are very excited to have one of the foremost American experts in agricultural policy and agricultural economics address our community so early in the competitive season.  Bob joined the American Farm Bureau in 2003 as their chief economist.  Prior to coming to the Farm Bureau, Bob was the co-director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FARPI) at the University of Missouri from 1991 through 2003.  He also was an associate professor in Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri.  From 1987 through 1991 Bob served as the chief economist for the US Senate Committee on Agriculture.

Joel Lemuel Joins GSU Debate As a Graduate Assistant Coach

We are proud to announce that Joel Lemuel will be entering the GSU Masters program in Communication this fall. He will be joining the GSU debate team as an assistant coach. Joel recently received his B.A. from GSU, graduating as the most successful debater in GSU history.

2008 - 2009 College Debate Topic Announced

After a long voting process, the community has selected the following resolution, which we will debate about all year:

Resolved: that the United States Federal Government should substantially reduce its agricultural support, at least eliminating nearly all of the domestic subsidies, for biofuels, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, corn, cotton, dairy, fisheries, rice, soybeans, sugar and/or wheat.

Andrew Barnes joins GSU Debate as a Graduate Assistant Coach

We are proud to announce that Andrew Barnes will be entering the GSU PhD program in Communication this fall. He will be joining the GSU debate team as an assistant coach. Andrew was most recently the Assistant Director of Debate at James Madison University. He has also coached debate at Wake Forest University.

Historic GSU Debate Success at the 2008 NDT

For this first time since 1987, a debate team from Georgia State University has qualified for the elimination rounds of the National Debate Tournament.

The team of Joel Lemuel and Kirk Gibson won 5 of their 8 preliminary debates and were to top-seeded team in their bracket. Unfortunately, their reward for their strong performance was a double-octofinal matchup against the Copeland-Award-winning team from Berkeley. Joel and Kirk lost their elimination round on a 4-1 decision.

GSU's success at the 2008 NDT was the result of a tremendous amount of work by Kirk and Joel throughout the year. Thanks must also go out to our NDT coaching staff: Dr. Joe Bellon (GSU Director of Debate), Steve Herro (GSU Graduate Assistant Coach), Dr. Michael K. Davis (former GSU Assistant Director of Debate), and Erik Mathis (GSU debate alum).

The 2008 NDT marked the end of Joel Lemuel's outstanding career as a GSU debater. Joel will graduate at the end of the 2008 Spring semester. Joel's record marks him as the most successful debater in GSU history. He will be sorely missed.

Two GSU Teams Compete in CEDA Elims

For the first time in GSU history, two of our teams have qualified for the elimination rounds at the CEDA Nationals tournament. The team of Chris Pozzi and Kevin Bottoms won five of their eight preliminary debates, qualifying for the elimination debates as the #47 seed. They lost in the triple-octafinals to a team from Wake Forest. The team of Joel Lemuel and Kirk Gibson won seven of their eight preliminary debates (a school record), qualifying for the elims as the #5 seed. They lost in the octafinal round to a team from Whitman.

Joel Lemuel won the 11th place speaker award (out of more than 300 debaters).