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Student Debaters Sweep Atlantics
The Gazette

Memorial University's Debating Society cleaned out the awards for all categories at the Atlantic University Debating Championships held in Charlottetown, P.E.I., the last weekend in October.

Thirty-two teams from eight major Atlantic Canadian universities gathered at the University of Prince Edward Island for the competition. The debates were evaluated separately under the following categories: The Championship Team, won by David Tarrant and Ron Fitzpatrick; The Public Speaking Championship, won by Shannon Hunt; Top Novice Debater, tied for first by Jason Noble and Leslie Mulcahey; and finally, Top Debater, won by Ken Johnston, the society's president.

"For the top debater category, there'd been two semi-final rounds between Dalhousie and Memorial, with a split 3/2 in favour of each," said Johnston. "Basically, we were just one judge away from the first MUN/MUN final in history."

When they are not busy blowing away other universities in debating championships, the members of the Memorial Debating Society are heavily involved in activities both on and off campus. Debating Society members, for example, volunteer as facilitators for focus groups for The Quality of Student Life Forum, an annual forum held for students by students to address their needs and concerns at Memorial. The Debating Society has also hosted and judged a number of local high school debating tournaments.

Students interested in getting involved with the Memorial Debating Society or simply finding out more information are welcome to attend the weekly Debating Society meetings held Tuesday nights at 8:30 in S-2036, or contact Ken Johnston at