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Forensics and Debate

The Methodist University Forensics and Debate team invites student from all major to participate. The team is a member of the Collegiate Forensics Association and actively competes in parliamentary debate and individual event forensics at tournaments across the country. By participating in MU debate and forensics, students can develop their public speaking abilities while learning research skills, critical thinking and thoughtful expression. Scholarships are available to students enrolled in the intercollegiate debate course. Interested students should contact Coach Brandon Miller at

Tournament Results

Taylor Murphy represented Methodist University in the second annual Frederick Douglass Debates at Fayetteville State University on Feb. 20, 2012. Murphy called for strengthening immigration laws and establishing more control over U.S. borders. On March 2-3, 2012, Christen Folk and Stephanie Craig traveled to Ocean City, Md. for the Collegiate Forensics Association spring league championship. Kika Frisone and Taylor Murphy will both attend the Interstate Oratorical Association tournament April 26-27, 2012 at Emerson College in Boston, Mass. Their speeches will be published in the 2012 Winning Orations.

To begin the 2010-2011 season, Julie Savage Larson traveled to Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Va. for the Collegiate Forensics Association fall tournament on Oct. 15-16, 2010. For her first collegiate tournament, Larson took fourth place in prose, second place in impromptu and won the tournament in impromptu sales. Seven MU debate and forensics team members attended the Collegiate Forensics Association holiday tournament Nov. 19-20, 2010 at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Penn. Julie Savage Larson again placed fourth in prose. On Feb. 14, 2011, three students participated in the inaugural Frederick Douglass Debates at Fayetteville State University. Mrunmay Mastakar won his debate on promoting the pursuance of higher education across all races. Daniel Lee debated whether the value of social upheaval outweighs the cost, while Kika Frisone spoke on ensuring more women and minorities serve in national government roles. Anastasia Danilyuk was selected to represent the state of North Carolina at the Interstate Oratorical Association tournament Apr. 22-23, 2011 at the James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. Danilyuk's speech, "Alternatives to Imprisonment" was published in the 2011 edition of Winning Orations.

Methodist University Debate and Forensics took four students to the Collegiate Forensics Association winter tournament Jan. 29-30, 2010 at the College of Charleston. The parliamentary debate team of Sakun Gajurel and Samantha Arrington (pictured above) took fifth place at the tournament. Amanda Campbell was selected to represent the state of North Carolina at the Interstate Oratorical Association tournament Apr. 22-24, 2010 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. The tournament, begun in 1874, is the oldest and most prestigious oratory competition in the United States. Former IOA contestants have included Robert Lafollette, William Jennings Bryan, George McGovern, Vernon Jordan and Barbara Jordan. Campbell's speech, "Sexual Assault on American College Campuses" was published in the 2010 edition of Winning Orations.


Methodist University debate began in 1991 with students who wanted to debate at the collegiate level. After a year, and the fortunate coincidence of hiring a determined and dedicated debate coach in John Humphreys, the school put time and money into building the program. Notable team successes include winning the American Debate Association novice national championship in 1996 and 1998, and a second place finish in the junior varsity division of the American Debate Association national championship in 1999. Methodist University also hosted the American Debate Association's national tournament in 2002. Individual event forensics was added to the speech program when Coach Miller took over the team in 2009-2010.

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