UM Debate Scores at first tournament

UM Debate Scores at first tournament

Posted by Sherman Hewitt in Debate News

On September 18-21, the UM Debate Team traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to compete in the season opening intercollegiate debate tournament hosted by George State University. 167 two-person teams representing 37 Universities competed across three divisions in the tournament. In the Junior Varsity Division, the team of Anna Shah and Ted Appel won for of 6 preliminary debates to advance into the round of 16. There they defeated a team from Liberty University to advance into the quarterfinals, where they lost the decision to another Liberty team. Anna is a senior from Bradenton, majoring in neuroscience and minoring in music, chemistry and public health. Ted is a sophomore from Ackworth, Iowa. He is majoring in political science and minoring in criminology and history.

Competing in the Novice Division, the UM Team of Tiffany Perez and Jiaying Li won three and lost three debates.

At Georgia State, debaters competed in policy debate sponsored by the National Debate Tournament, the Cross Examination Debate Association and the American Debate Association. In this style of debate, the competitors work all year to prepare evidence, files and cases on the national topic: “Resolved, The United States Federal Government should establish a domestic climate policy, including at least substantially increasing restrictions on private sector emissions of greenhouse gases in the United States.”

The team is coached by Assistant Director of Debate, Patrick Waldinger, and Graduate Assistant Coach Oliver Brass. David L. Steinberg directs the Debate Program.


Ted Appel (standing) and Anna Shah


Coaches Patrick Waldinger and Oliver Brass help Anna Shah and Ted Appel prepare for quarterfinals compete against Liberty University

The UM Debate Team is a co-curricular activity sponsored by the Communication Studies Department and the School of Communication, and a student organization recognized as UDebate. Participation is open to all full time UM undergraduate students. Course credit is available. For more information, visit our website at and our Facebook page at University of Miami Debate Team ( , or contact David Steinberg,, 305-284-5553. To support UM Debate, please go to

18 Oct 2016