Chapman University’s debate team won awards for their efforts at the Epicenter Classic at California State University at Northridge Nov. 8-10.The competition was open to students in the Western states, though most in attendance were California natives, according to senior Patrick Hardy, team captain of the debate team and president for the forensics club, a team of about 20 members operating as part of a speech class.All were welcome to participate in the tournament, according to Hardy, and there were no particular requirements.Forty-seven schools joined the tournament, yielding a total of about 500 student competitors. Arizona State University, University of California at Berkeley and University of the Pacific were among the schools in attendance.The event was a big tournament ” it’s considered pretty tough,” said Hardy, who won third place overall in impromptu speaking in the open division.Jessica Nettinga earned one of the top speaker awards for Parli Debate, ranking 17th out of about 100 speakers.Mira Aynes and Phil Warren made it to the finals in their event. Aynes was also a finalist in the dramatic interpretation competition.In Hardy’s event, competitors are given a quotation with 50 seconds to analyze text, before being asked to interpret and find two themes in the text. Three examples to support their themes and interpretation must be stated. They also must include an introduction and conclusion and talk for six minutes and 10 seconds A Hindu proverb, and quotes from Eminem and Malcolm X characterized the large spectrum of quotes Hardy had to interpret and speak on.”This event is something I like doing a lot,” said Hardy.Hardy had to go through three preliminary rounds. There were about 70 people in this advanced category; 16 people made it to the semifinals and only six to the finals.Many students at the tournament were people Hardy had seen compete before, and he described them as “enormously talented.””I was honored beyond anything else because everyone in that room I respect to an enormous degree,” he said. “I was actually really flattered that the judges would pick me.”The speech team has one final tournament this semester in December at California State Long Beach, where Chapman’s first Readers Theater Team plans to compete.
Chapman University’s debate team won awards for their efforts at the Epicenter Classic at California State University at Northridge Nov. 8-10.