UNI forensics team prepares for season; debate opener Sept. 17-19

Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2005

Jacob Thompson, UNI director of forensics & instructor in communication, (319) 273-7200
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's forensics team held its annual pre-season workweek last month, before the start of fall semester classes, with 16 students from the debate and speech teams preparing for the competitive season, that begins this weekend.

Director of Forensics Jacob Thompson said the forensics squad had 10 returning members and six new recruits for the week of preparation, and 10 new members have joined the team since the beginning of the school year.. 'We look forward to an educational and successful year,' he said.

The season begins Saturday through Monday, Sept. 17-19, when the UNI debate team will host its annual Ulrich Season Opener Debate Tournament, with some 60 teams coming from dozens of colleges and universities around the nation. Among those competing will be teams from Baylor University, the University of Kansas, the University of Michigan, and Macalester College. Cate Palczewski, UNI professor of communication studies, is director of debate.

The debate topic for this year is 'Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase diplomatic and economic pressure on the People's Republic of China in one or more of the following areas: trade, human rights, weapons nonproliferation, Taiwan.'

Debates will be held Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., in UNI's Lang Hall. Elimination rounds will be held throughout the day Monday at the 5 Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo. All events are open to the public free of charge.

For more information contact Thompson at (319) 273-7200 or