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Communication department to host student debate forum

Austin Peay State University Department of Communication will host its first student debate forum from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29.

The debate, open to the university public, will be held in Clement Auditorium. The topic for the debate is Resolved: Experience is the most important factor in selecting the President of the United States.
Austin Peay State University Department of Communication will host its first student debate forum from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29.

The debate, open to the university public, will be held in Clement Auditorium. The topic for the debate is “Resolved: Experience is the most important factor in selecting the President of the United States.”

The first in a series to be offered a certain point each semester, the Fall 2008 AP Debate Forum will have a political focus. The forum will ask students to discuss pertinent issues in the upcoming U.S presidential election. The debate will be conducted in a two-round series, with four selected students debating the assigned topic. Other students, apart from the selected debaters, will have the opportunity to speak following the debate.

Participating students will be chosen from all on-campus Fundamentals of Public Speaking courses. Public Speaking is a TBR core requirement for all students, which will allow the debate to reach students in every major and at every stage in their academic career. The AP Debate Forum is an attempt to engage students outside the classroom, as well as to provide them a platform to use skills and competencies learned in the public speaking course.

For an entertaining twist, audience members will be asked to participate in the debate with non-verbal feedback. Student members of the audience will be provided with red “DEBATE” hats and asked to wear them when in favor of an argument and remove them when not in favor. This feedback is designed to demonstrate effectiveness of persuasive argument and changes in opinion following political debates.

For more information regarding the Fall 2008 AP Debate Forum, please contact Stacie Mumpower or Caroline Downes at (931) 221-7378 or by e-mail at mumpowers@apsu.edu or downesc@apsu.edu. -- Melony Jones Shemberger