AU debate team wins first place in varsity division

Wed, 2012-02-15 08:00 -- univcomm
February 15, 2012

The Anderson University debate team participated in a tournament in December and won first place for the first time in the varsity division. Kelly Frye, a senior majoring in biology and communication arts, helped the team take the win.

debate-team“It was an ugly round,” said Frye. “We went in there and scrapped and clawed our way up.” Frye worked alongside partner Nathanael Robertson, a junior computer science major, to take the win after five rounds.

“I didn’t think we won,” Frye said. “After the round, our coach pulled us into another room to ask how we did, and I was very upset because I was sure we had lost.” But the two came out with the victory in the varsity division.

Frye has been a part of the debate team for four years, while Robertson is in his third year. “It is really awesome to be able to partner with someone who has been debating for such a long time already and knows how to do it so well,” Robertson said. “It also works well since I am usually more expressive in debate rounds while she is composed and keeps me on track.”

Frye agrees they make a good team. “He is incredibility intelligent, which is fabulous,” Frye said. “He can bring up arguments on the spot that I couldn’t have even thought of.”

“I was very happy for Kelly and Nathanael," said Terri Gibson, AU’s debate coach. "They really worked hard as a team and never gave up during any of the tournament during the semester. I felt very proud."

Frye, who was a member of her high school’s debate team for three years, saw an advertisement, and gave Gibson a call right away. “I was a freshman, everything was new, and it seemed like a good way to get involved,” Frye said.

Robertson, on the other hand, joined due to his fear of public speaking. “I wanted to do something that would push me, and debate was the best choice I could find,” he said.

Whatever the reason in joining, Gibson argues that debate is a great skill for any college student to have. “Debate teaches speaking, research, teamwork, leadership, discipline, and fellowship,” she said.

— Corinne Schmitt is a senior from Geneva, Ill., majoring in communication arts. Schmitt is an associate with Fifth Street Communications™, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.