DEC. 8, 2000

CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu



CSUB debate team ranks 15th nationally

California State University, Bakersfield's debate team is ranked 15th out of 128 colleges and universities in the United States as of the Nov. 15 national rankings released by the National Debate Tournament, the national policy debate organization.

CSUB Debate is ranked above many traditional debate powerhouses, including Northwestern University, Dartmouth College, The University of Iowa and Harvard University. Omar G. Guevara, CSUB's director of forensics, said that "CSUB continues to define policy debate excellence on the West Coast and is making its mark nationally."

The next national rankings will be released Jan. 15, 2001. The top 20 teams nationally are as follows:

1. Wake Forest University

2. Catholic University

3. University of Southern California

4. University of California, Berkeley

5. Emory University

6. Kansas State University

7. Gonzaga University

8. John Carroll University

9. University of Missouri, Kansas City

10. Liberty University

11. U.S. Naval Academy

12. University of Texas, Austin

13. Miami University of Ohio

14. University of North Texas

15. CSU Bakersfield

16. University of Kansas

17. (Tie) CSU Chico & George Washington University

19. (Tie) Northwestern University & Southwest Missouri State University

CSUB Debate's recent performance at Arizona State University's "Forensic Fiesta" Dec. 1-4 showcased CSUB's policy debate expertise. CSUB debaters Jeremy Peterson and David Wells were ranked as the top team at the tournament following the preliminary debates, Sydney Howard and Veronica Macias-Lucero were ranked fourth, and William Mord was tied for fifth.

The top four teams advanced to the semi-finals. Both CSUB teams in the semi-finals finished third at the tournament, losing heartbreakingly close rounds to teams from Pepperdine and CSU Fullerton.

Four of CSUB's debaters also finished in the top 10 individual speaker rankings: Jeremy Peterson, first; David Wells, second, Sydney Howard, seventh, and William Mord, 10th.

CSUB Debate is not taking much of a holiday break as teams are now preparing for two tournaments scheduled over New Year's: USC (December 28-31), and CSU Fullerton (Jan. 1-4, 2001).

For more information about CSUB Debate please call Guevara at 661/664-2206.