4 UI Debaters Share National Title!
On Sunday evening, March 18, two debate teams from the A. Craig Baird Debate Forum reached and closed out the final four in the Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament. 75 teams from across the US participated in the tournament hosted this year by the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Communication studies major Geordano Liriano joined with his partner Sam Gustavson to defeat a team from Rutgers University, and Coco Christophersen joined with her partner Brooke Kimbrough to prevail over a Cornell University team. This year’s double victory was the first in 20 years for the CEDA National Tournament, and represents the culmination of a year of intensive research and argument planning on the national debate topic. Congratulations also go to communication studies graduate student coaches Kristiana Baez and Tyler Snelling, as well as UI debate coach Brian Rubaie. Communication studies instructor Paul Bellus and faculty member Dr. Dave Hingstman coordinate and direct the Baird Debate Forum.