Debate Team Wins 'Loyola Rambler' Tournament

Debate Team Wins 'Loyola Rambler' Tournament

December 3, 2007

East College Sun Spring 06.jpgDecember 3, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw University's debate team of Avery Archer and Christine Walker won the "Loyola Rambler" debate tournament, which took place over the weekend at Loyola University in Chicago. Archer and Walker, both first-year students, were the top seed going into elimination rounds. They defeated a team from Hillsdale College in the final round on a 3-0 decision.

Other schools which participated in the event were Marquette, Wheaton, Loyola, Wisconsin-Osh Kosh, Carthage, and Northern Illinois.

As it happened, another team of DePauw debaters -- Brittney Belcher and Yijie Wang -- had to debate the Archer/Walker duo in the semi-final round, where they were defeated. A third DePauw debate duo of Keelin Kelly and Michael Lutz advanced to the open quarterfinal round. The competition was adjudicated by Tyler Kennedy, a 2006 DePauw graduate.Fall Students 2007 1 .jpg

In addition to winning the team tournament, five individual DePauw debaters placed in the top ten in an event which featured more than 70 debaters. They were:

  • Christine Walker - 3rd Place
  • Avery Archer - 4th
  • Brittney Belcher - 6th
  • Michael Lutz - 7th
  • Kevin Milne - 9th

The Loyola tournament was the last of the semester. The debate team's season continues next semester with tournaments at Wheaton College, Webster University, and the national tournament at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

For information about the debate program, which is open to all students, contact Geoff Klinger '88, assistant professor of communication and director of forensics at or visit the team's Web page.