The Texas Southern University Debate Team returned to the campus, recently, after having competing in the 24th Annual International Forensics Tournament, sponsored by the International Forensics Association, held in Paris, France. One of sixteen schools in competition, the TSU team made it to the finals and ranked second, qualifying for the runner up Honor, as 2014 International Champions in Parliamentary Debate, presented at the Awards Assembly, at the end of the tournament. On the way to this ranking, the team amassed a record of four wins and no losses. The team ranked second to George Mason University.
All topics for Debate were related to the French and European cultures, and were announced fifteen minutes prior to the time for the presentation. Within that time frame, the team had to prepare an argument for or against the resolution, depending on the outcome of the coin toss. The topic for the final round was: This House Believes That: Free Mass Transit Transportation is The Best Solution to the Pollution Problem in Paris.
In Individual Events, the team broke to the semi-finals in Dramatic Interpretation and to the finals in Duo-Dramatic Interpretation. It was also a finalist in the Nuance Event, French Farce.
Following the tournament, the students were involved in guided educational tours, which enabled them not only to see the historic sights, but to interact with the people and to absorb some of the culture of France, ending with a visit to the Moulin Rouge.
The participating team consisted of three of the scholars from the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College: Marcus Esther, Junior; Reese Selman, Sophomore; Nathaniel Harris, Mr. TSU, Senior; in addition to Tameik Washington, Junior; Adrienna Boyd-Lewis, Senior; Okwideli Onyekwelu, Senior; Onyeka Onyekwelu, Junior; Maurice Robinson, Sophomore; Jackayle Williams, Sophomore; Wesley Harris, Freshman; and Jessica Johnson, Freshman.
The team was accompanied by the coaches, Dr. Gloria Batiste-Roberts, Dr. Marylise Caussinus, Sondera Malrey, Wilbert Howard, and Thomas F. Freeman.
The Debate team is open to all undergraduate students enrolled at the University, and may be joined at any time during the course of the school year. There are no prerequisites, other than current enrollment at the University.
Interested students are encouraged to visit with one of coaches, at the Thomas F. Freeman Center for Forensic Excellence, Suite 112, Rod Paige Education Building, at any time.