SMU debater is top speaker at debate tournament
Aabid Shivji was selected top speaker in the novice division at the University of Central Oklahoma debate tournament in Edmond, Oklahoma (October 31 – November 2). Aabid and his partner Thomas Atkins finished as the number three team overall at the tournament. They defeated teams from the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Texas at San Antonio. This was the first college debate tournament for both Aabid and Thomas. It was an unusually strong performance for a team starting so late in the debate season.
The SMU students debated the topic: Resolved: The United States should legalize all or nearly all of one or more of the following in the United States: marijuana, online gambling, physician-assisted suicide, prostitution, the sale of human organs. Each debate is composed of approximately two hours of debating with each student giving fifteen minutes of speeches and six minutes of cross examination periods. SMU debaters completed more than 10 hours of debating this weekend for the competition. The debaters are coached by director and associate professor Ben Voth in the Communication Studies division of Meadows.
SMU debaters will debate the Rwandan national debate team on December 3 at 7pm in 241 Umphrey Lee on campus.