ACU debate team ranks high nationally
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January 4, 1999 The Cross Examination Debate Association National Sweepstakes Rankings has listed Abilene Christian University's debate team as fourth in the nation. The CEDA is the largest intercollegiate policy debate association in the United States.
The rankings are based on the number of ballots won by a school's two best teams at a school's best six tournaments. The top rankings include:
· 1st, Emory University
· 2nd, University of Alabama
· 3rd, University of Missouri-Kansas City
· 4th, Abilene Christian University
· 5th, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Wash.
· 6th, University of Miami
· 7th, Michigan State University
· 8th, Vanderbilt University
· 9th, Kansas State University
· 10th, University of Southern California
The International Public Debate Association also lists ACU as fifth in the nation. The IPDA is primarily composed of schools in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Texas. Public debate points are based on the number of wins earned by a school's top four debaters at a school's top six tournaments. The IPDA top five are:
· 1st, University of Texas at Tyler
· 2nd, St. Mary's University
· 3rd, Central Missouri
· 4th, University of Texas
· 5th, Abilene Christian University
Cross examination debate and public debate are two distinct forms of debate. Cross examination involves two-person teams, while public uses a Lincoln-Douglas format. Cross examination relies heavily on advanced preparation and research, while public is extemporaneous in nature.
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