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Two DePauw Debaters Among Nation's Top 15

December 18, 2003

December 18, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - The duo of DePauw senior Erich Taylor and sophomore J.J. Burns, both members of the University's debate team, head into the holiday break ranked 13th in the nation out of 774 teams. Taylor and Burns, DePauw's top debating duo, have advanced to the final round in three of the past four tournaments they've participated in, including the recent “Ozarks Big 8” tournament hosted by Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. After accumulating four wins in preliminary rounds, DePauw defeated teams from Purdue University and Arkansas State University in quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, respectively, before dropping an extremely close final round to Truman State University on a 3-2 decision.

"This positions DePauw to make a run at the national title next semester, especially given our debaters' consistently strong showing at each tournament they attend," says Geoff Klinger, assistant professor of communication arts and sciences and director of forensics at DePauw. "Next semester, DePauw will take part in important tournaments at Notre Dame, Cedarville, and Truman State in preparation for the national tournament in Los Angeles," adds Klinger, a 1988 graduate of DePauw.

To become involved with DePauw's forensic teams, which are open to all, interested students should contact Geoff Klinger by sending an e-mail here.

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