WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue hosted 180 teams from 54 colleges and universities for a national debate championship over the weekend.
The U.S. Universities Debating Championships featured teams from across the country as well as Canada. This is the first year the event was held at Purdue.
The event featured teams of four competing in different debate formats. Judges determined which two teams out of four argued their side best to advance to the next round of the tournament.
John Schultz, director of Purdue’s speech and debate team, said debate helps students learn how to think critically and articulate ideas persuasively.
“Those are the skills that I think directly translate in the classroom as well as in real life,” said Schultz.
Schultz adds that he’s been working to grow interest in this particular debate format. He hopes that by doing so, more competitions will be held in the Midwest.