Many Top Collegiate Debaters to Compete
In Tournament at U. T. Dallas January 7-9

85 Teams from 28 Colleges to be Represented at Third Annual Event

RICHARDSON, Texas (Jan. 4, 2006) – Hundreds of the nation’s top collegiate debaters will compete in the Third Annual University of Texas at Dallas Debate Tournament, to be held Jan. 7-9 at several Dallas-area sites. 

“We are excited to be able to welcome to our campus some of the most prestigious, successful debate programs in the country, representing schools from Alabama to Vermont and Minnesota to Texas,” said Christopher Burk, UTD’s director of debate.  “These are some of the brightest college students in the country who have chosen to spend part of their holiday break in Dallas to compete in what has in a few short years become a very successful, high-caliber tournament.”

Eighty five teams from 28 colleges are scheduled to compete in the UTD tournament, making it the largest college debate tournament held each year between Chicago and Los Angeles, Burk said.  An estimated 275 students, coaches and judges will participate in the three-day event, he said.

Despite its current ranking of 15th in the country, UTD, as host, will follow debate protocol and not enter a varsity team in the competition.

Preliminary rounds will take place in numerous venues on the UTD campus on Saturday, Jan. 7, and Sunday, Jan. 8.  Elimination rounds will be held on Monday, Jan. 9, at the Westin Park Central Hotel at LBJ Freeway and Coit Road in North Dallas.  Interested members of the public are invited to attend the sessions, which begin at 8 a.m. each day.

Last year’s UTD tournament was won by a team from The University of Texas at Austin.

The 2005-2006 season has been the best ever for UTD debate.  This fall, the university soared to its highest level ever – third in the nation in the Varsity Point Rankings of the National Debate Tournament.  UTD finished the fall semester with the 15th-best college debate program in the country.

In college debate, two teams, each composed of two students, face off on a general topic – one taking the affirmative position, the other the negative side.  The topic for the 2005-06 collegiate debate season is: “Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase diplomatic and economic pressure on the People's Republic of China in one or more of the following areas: trade, human rights, weapons nonproliferation, Taiwan.”

For more information about the upcoming UTD tournament, please call the university’s debate office at 972-883-4806.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls nearly 14,500 students.  The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores.  The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.  For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s website at www.utdallas.edu.