Alumni make Rambler Debate Tourney a success

By David Romanelli

The Loyola University Debate Team hosted two debate tournaments with 68 students from nine universities at the Water Tower campus September 21st -23rd.

Loyola was able to enter eleven students in the events thanks in large part to the return of seven former Loyola debaters.  The alumni served as mentors to the students and judged many of the debates.

“I am so glad Loyola continues its great tradition of hosting the Rambler every year. As an alumna of Loyola and its debate society, I am pleased I had the opportunity to come back and support the next generation of Loyola Debate,” said Christina Riepel. A 2002 National Debate Tournament Qualifier, Riepel is currently an Associate at Gregory K. Stern, P.C.

The 28 teams from nine universities entered in the Rambler Debate Tournaments hailed from Bethel University, Cedarville University, Wheaton College, Carthage College, IUPUI, Loyola University Chicago, Marquette University, McKendree University, Purdue University, and the University of Miami.

Three of Loyola’s four teams had winning records in the preliminary debates, which qualified them for the elimination debates in the first tournament. The team of Joe Carroll and Phillip Kraft were semi-finalists in both events with a preliminary debate round record of 9-1.

“Because it was my first collegiate tournament, this year’s Rambler served as my litmus test for debate at Loyola, and I’m happy to say it was a very positive experience. The support and energy from the team—both current students and alumni alike—was especially vital to the success that my partner and I had,” commented Carroll.

The tournaments featured lively debates on a 18 different topics including space exploration, Chinese currency values, the debt, The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, Iran, Cuba, , Syria, the election, and oil and gas production in the United States.

“My participation in college debate was instrumental to the development of the advocacy skills I use daily as an attorney, and it is important to me that Loyola students have the same opportunity I was provided,” said Riepel.


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