APRIL 9, 2001

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



CSUB ends season ranked 21st nationally


California State University, Bakersfield's debate team finished the season ranked 21st in the nation, according to the final rankings issued by the National Debate Tournament.

CSUB forensics director Omar Guevara said he was extremely pleased with the team's performance this year.

"Our record demonstrated that CSUB debate can compete against - and defeat - the far wealthier and more established programs from the East Coast with a formula of hard work and determination," Guevara said.

He said that by qualifying the team of Jeremy Peterson and David Wells to compete at the National Debate Tournament for the second consecutive year "solidifies CSUB Debate's rise to the upper echelons of West Coast college debate."

He also noted that the success is even more remarkable since the program is now only in its third year since being reinstated. The forensics program was disbanded in 1992 due to budget cuts, Guevara said. It was reinstated in fall 1998.

Further, CSUB was the top rated CSU in the final national rankings, and No. 3 among all California schools.

Here are the top 25 debate teams in the nation:


1. Emory University

2. University of Texas, Austin

3. Michigan State University

4. Northwestern University

5. University of California, Berkeley

6. Wake Forest University

7. Gonzaga University

8. Whitman College

9. Dartmouth College

10. University of Southern California

11. Kansas State University

12. University of North Texas

13. Catholic University

14. University of Iowa

15. University of Missouri, Kansas City

16. University of Michigan

17. Emporia State University

18. Wayne State University

19. John Carroll University

20. University of Kansas

21. CSU Bakersfield

22. Mercer University

23. University of Rochester

24. University of Georgia

(tie) University of Puget Sound


Other California schools and their ranking:

38. CSU Chico

41. Pepperdine University

43. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

45. San Francisco State

52. Claremont Colleges

54. CSU Fullerton

65. University of Redlands

67. CSU Long Beach

74. Los Angeles City College

97. Stanford University

98. Contra Costa College

101. San Diego State


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


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