Wiley to debate World Champions

For Immediate Release

January 14, 2013

For More Information Contact:

Tammy Taylor  (903) 927-3385 (Office)

(469) 826-2383 (Mobile)

Marshall, Texas—Wiley College’s Melvin B. Tolson/Denzel Washington Forensics Society will debate the three-time World Champions from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), on Friday, January 24 at 7 p.m. in the Julius S. Scott Sr. Chapel on Wiley’s campus.

This will be the first time that Wiley College will host a debate against an international team. Monash University has been crowned World Champions for three consecutive years and only recently lost its title to Harvard University at the 2014 World Universities Debating Championship, held earlier this month in Chennai, India.

The debate promises to be one of the most exciting and thought -provoking events of the 2014 academic year.   Debaters will be challenged to examine their own responsibility in the ongoing fight against global hunger and povertyas both ethical leaders and citizens of the world.  The specific topic for the debate will be “ Resolved: Reducing economic inequality should be the number one fiscal priority of a nation.”  Wiley College will argue the affirmative.

The debate topic is inspired by Wiley’s student leaders’ ongoing efforts to bring attention to the issues of hunger and poverty, and the practical ways individuals and groups can help.

While Monash University will be Wiley’s first international competitor, the College’s “Great Debaters” have hosted a contest each year since its resurgence in 2008 that has generated enthusiasm and anticipation for the event.  Prior opponents have included Harvard University in 2013,

The University of Southern California in 2012, and the Oklahoma City University in 2011.  Wiley College and Monash University will debate during Wiley’s Eighth Ethical Student Leadership Conference.

The Melvin B. Tolson/Denzel Washington Forensics Society is a competitive speech and debate team, affiliated with Pi Kappa Delta,the National Forensics Association, and the American Forensics Association.

For more information, contact Coach Sarah Spiker Rainey, (903) 927-3084, srainey@wileyc.edu<mailto:srainey@wileyc.edu>, or the Wiley College Office of Public Relations, at (903) 927-3385.