State at IUPUI

The Speech and Debate team did not have to travel far for the 2013 State tournament this year.  It was just down the road at IUPUI.

The speech portion took place on Saturday, February 16 and the parliamentary debate portion took place on Sunday, February 17.  Eight students competed on Saturday.  Senior, Andrew Wray took 6th place in Extemporaneous Speaking;  Junior, Marcus Harvey took 6th place in After Dinner Speaking, and newcomer, Funmi Arogbokun took 6th in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking.  Molly Kordas, Ciara Williams, Amanda Lewis, Tony Ranieri, and Jeremy Washington rounded out the team.

The Debate team competed on Sunday.  Andrew Wray and Kelsey Coy competed in the varsity division.  Tony Ranieri and Phillip Tock competed as a Junior team.  Ranieri and Tock made it through the semi-final round and into the final round only to be defeated by IUPUI!  Tony Ranieri was named 3rd speaker overall in the Junior division.

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Speech Team travels to University of Michigan

The Butler Speech Team travelled to the frigid North for a tournament in February!

Five students presented their speeches at the University of Michigan Tournament on February 9th as a warm-up for the State tournament.

A great time was had by all!

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Speech and Debate Team Rocks Ohio!

The Butler Speech Team travelled to Ohio University this past weekend. They competed in six events and brought home trophies in each one! Junior, Marcus Harvey took 3rd in Dramatic Interpretation, 4th in After dinner Speaking and Poetry. He also placed as the third speaker overall. Junior, Ciara Williams placed 2nd in Programmed Oral Interpretation and 4th in Dramatic Interpretation. The two placed 3rd in Duo Interp.

The team placed 3rd overall in the small entry division.

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Butler Successfully Hosts High School Tournament

The Butler University Speech and Debate Team hosted a High School tournament on December 8, 2012. Eighteen High Schools attended from as far away as Evansville and as close as Fishers. There were 250 students plus coaches, and parents in attendance. Warren Central High School won the large school division and Burris Laboratory School won the small school division.

I would like to thank the College of Communication faculty, Dean Edgerton, Associate Dean Savage, Director of Debate, Dr. Casey Kelly, Mae Pierce, and the Butler Speech and Debate Team for all their support for this exciting event. Faculty and students gave of themselves during the last week of classes and that means a well run tournament and, hopefully, impressed students who will want to come to Butler in the future!

Thank you

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Speech Team Members Win!

The speech team traveled to Transylvania University in Lexington, KY this past weekend. We did very well! Senior, Andrew Wray qualified for finals in Radio Broadcasting and won first place. He also placed 4th in Impromptu Story. Senior, Molly Kordas qualified for finals and then won Programmed Oral Interpretation. Sophomore, Marielle Slagel placed 3rd in Programmed Oral Interpretation and Freshman, Mallory Duncan placed 5th in Impromptu Story. We are very proud of them!

Our next exciting event is the High School tournament we are hosting here on campus on December 8. We will be host to 18 Indiana High Schools and over 200 students.

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Students Excel at Bowling Green State University

Five Butler students traveled to Bowling Green State University on November 10. Junior, Marcus Harvey qualified for the final round and placed 6th in Poetry Interpretation. Junior, Ciara Williams placed 6th in Rhetorical Criticism. Maggie Smith, Tammy Nguyen, and Marielle Slagel competed in two events each. Our next trip is Transylvania University on December 1.

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Novice Debaters take 2nd place at Age of Aquarius!

This weekend the Butler University Debate Team traveled to compete at Ball State University in Muncie, IN.   Making their way to the final round of the novice division, the team of Anthony Ranieri and Phillip Tock took second place honors losing on a very close split decision (2-1) in front of a panel of three judges. Remarkably, BSU was Tony and Phillip’s first ever college debate tournament and they represented the debate team and university exceedingly well.  Join me in wishing them congratulations!

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University of Cincinnati

We traveled to the University of Cincinnati this past weekend. Marcus Harvey, Junior, placed 6th in After Dinner Speaking and Mallory Duncan, Freshman, placed 6th in Persuasive Speaking! GO TEAM!

We are traveling after Fall break to Ball State University for the Age of Aquarius tournament which will include speech and debate.

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Fall Tournaments!

The Speech Team has already been to the University of Indianapolis and Western Kentucky University. We are traveling to the University of Cincinnati this coming weekend and Ball State after Fall Break! We have many new students including 6 Freshmen from majors throughout campus. Check us out this fall!

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First Meeting of the Year

Our first house meeting of the year will be Monday, Aug 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm.

We’re expecting and hoping to see new faces and returning members!

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