At least 10 colleges, including three from Colorado, will compete

March 07, 2019

The Regis University debate team is hosting its first tournament March 9 and 10 on the Northwest Denver Campus, and at least 10 colleges from throughout the country are participating. 

Debate teams coming to compete are from Colorado State University, the University of Denver, Kansas State University, the University of Michigan-Flint, the University of Wyoming, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and the University of La Verne and Cypress College, both in California.

Debating begins at 8 a.m. Saturday with rounds continuing until about 8 p.m. in Loyola Hall. Debates continue at 9 a.m. Sunday with the Grand Final round beginning at 2:45 p.m. at St. Peter Claver, S.J., Hall. 

The debates are free and open to the public. Campus parking is free on weekends. 

The Regis tournament fills a growing demand for more debate opportunities in the Mountain West, according to Jon Denzler, director of debate and a communications instructor at Regis. 

“We want to be one of the key programs in the region, helping to support new and emerging programs,” Denzler said. “In addition, since we travel around the country to debate, this event allows all of our 20-plus debaters a chance to compete.”

At the tournament this weekend, debaters will compete in the World Schools format, which is based on the British Parliamentary-style debate: Four two-person teams square off against each other. Only 15 minutes before a round begins, debaters receive their topic and a position on that topic; they must prepare a 7-minute speech without access to the internet or other resource materials. 

Regis, which has supported a debate team for many years (dating back to the 1990s), regularly is invited to top national and international competitions, with debate team members traditionally placing well. Denzler, a Regis debater and 2013 graduate, has been the Regis debate coach since 2016. 

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