ACU to serve as host for public debate with Dutch
For Immediate Release
Feb. 15, 2000
ACU will serve as host for a public debate between ACU
and a visiting Dutch team.
The debate will be take place Thursday, Feb. 17, at 7:30
p.m. in Room 201 of the Mabee Business Building on the ACU
Jill Tappe, senior communication major from Arlington,
and Laura Hurmence, senior communication major from Martell,
Iowa, will represent ACU. Ronald van der Heijden and
Jan-Pieter Oosterom will represent the Netherlands.
The topic of the debate is, "Resolved: That Christianity
has Provided More Benefits Than Harms to Society." ACU will
be affirming this topic. Dr. Ed Brown, professor emeritus
of communication and former debate coach, will critique the
In past years ACU has served as host for debates with
Russian and Japanese teams. This tour is the first such
tour sponsored by the International Public Debate
Tappe was the first woman to win an IPDA sponsored
tournament in its four year history. Tappe placed third in
the nation in novice sweepstakes competition and Hurmence
"ACU joins an impressive list of other Texas schools who
are serving as host for the Dutch team," said Dr. Jeff
Hobbs, associate professor of communication and director of
The other Texas schools include Baylor University, St.
Mary's University, Southwest Texas State University and the
University of Texas at Austin.
Hobbs said by serving as host for this debate, the ACU
and Dutch teams can learn something about another culture.
He made the decision to apply for this opportunity for two
"This fits in with ACU's emphasis on providing
international experiences for the student body," Hobbs
said. "I also believe people need to see debates over
significant issues in the public sphere."
The ACU debate team is currently ranked 7th in the nation
according to International Public Debate Association
The debate is open to the public.
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