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DePauw Debate

Guzzetta and Leist Win Forensic 500 Tournament

DePauw debaters Vince Guzzetta and Sam Leist won the Forensic 500 Tournament hosted by the University of Indianapolis.  The final round of the tournament was surrounded by controversy.  Because of a tab room error, Guzetta and Leist were announced as semi-finalists at the tournament, allegedly losing their semi-final round to Purdue on a 2-1 decision.  A close check of the ballots after the tournament revealed that they actually won that round and should have been in the final round.  DePauw's Director of Forensics, Geoff Klinger '88, filed a formal protest with the tournament director, and after cross-checking her tab results, she reversed the semi-final round decision, and this set up a new potential final round against another team from Purdue.

Since the tournament was already over, Coach Klinger worked with Purdue's Director of Forensics, John Schultz, to reschedule the final round.  That round took place at the Indiana State Tournament in the Spring, and DePauw won handily on a 3-0 decision.  The complex situation took a while to resolve, but DePauw emerged on top making them the tournament champions.  In addition to the top team award, Vince Guzzetta was also named the 4th place speaker of the tournament, and DePauw captured the 3rd Place Sweepstakes Award based on the outstanding performance of all of their teams.

DePauw Debate: Then . . .

The DePauw Debate Team heads for the Vandalia station in April 1897 to take the train for a debate with Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. One of the team members is historian Charles A. Beard.