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University of Northern Iowa Forensic Program hosts season opener debate tournament

September 16, 2003
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Cate Palczewski, acting director of forensics, (319) 273-7200
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾—The University of Northern Iowa Forensic Program will host the Midwest region's 2003 Ulrich Season Opener Debate Tournament, Saturday, Sept. 20 - Monday, Sept. 22. More than 50 debate teams will represent approximately 50 different colleges and universities.

Preliminary rounds will be held on UNI's campus Saturday and Sunday, starting at 8 a.m. daily, with four different debate rounds each day. The headquarters for the tournament will be in Room 221 in Lang Hall. Elimination rounds will be held on Monday, Sept. 22, at the Waterloo Ramada Inn Convention Center.

This year's topic addresses issues surrounding U.S./European Union relations, particularly in regard to genetically modified foods, NATO, Iraq, the 2002 Farm Bill, Turkey/Greece relations, intellectual property rights and tactical nuclear weapons.

According to Cate Palczewski, acting director of forensics and coach of the debate team, schools from around the Midwest attend, as well as Baylor University, Northwestern University and Macalaster College.

The tournament is named for Walter Ulrich, a former UNI debate coach. He also was an author of articles on debate theory and argumentation and a debate judge.

The UNI Forensic Program is open to all students interested in competitive speech and debate. Last year, the UNI debate program qualified for the National Debate Tournament, and two members of the speech team were finalists at end-of-the-year national speech competitions. For more information, contact Palczewski at (319) 273-7200 or palczewski@uni.edu.