Feb 27, 2006    #041
Contact: Michelle Hopkins

UMKC advances to national debate tournament for ninth consecutive year

The University of Missouri-Kansas City debate team of Malcolm Gordon and Andrew Culp this past weekend amassed a 7-to-1 record to qualify to compete against 77 other collegiate teams at the National Debate Tournament at Northwest University in Evanston, Ill. March 22-27. This is the ninth consecutive year UMKC has advanced to the national tournament under the guidance of Linda Collier, JD, UMKC director of debate.

“Malcolm has competed in the District III tournament three times, including this past weekend, and three times he has qualified to go to nationals,” noted Collier. “This was also Malcolm’s second year as top speaker. Malcolm and Andrew have been a dominant force in collegiate debate in the Midwest this year. This is the primary reason UMKC is currently ranked second in the nation.”

Gordon is a senior political science major and Culp is a senior economics major.

Last year at the National Debate Tournament, Gordon, then paired with another partner, defeated the top debate team from Harvard University to advance to the “sweet sixteen.”

UMKC’s 7-to-1 record tied teams from the University of Oklahoma and Missouri State University for the top spot. District III is made up of schools from Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. Other teams that qualified for the national competition are from University of Kansas, University of Texas-Austin, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Texas-Dallas and two teams from University of North Texas (2).


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