Mike Selck, a graduate student from Kansas City, Mo., studying speech communication and assistant coach for the SIU Debate Team, researches Monday at the
Debate Office in the Communications Building. Selck was named Debate Coach of the Year Nov. 15 by the Washburn Debate Union, and is the youngest to ever win
the award. Selck is also the winningest collegiate debater in American history and joined the coaching staff last year after he won the National Parliamentary Debate
Association and the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence championships in 2012-13 as a debater on the team.
Lewis Marien • Daily Egyptian

Winningest debater rewarded as a coach

The winningest collegiate debater has made the transition from champion competitor to champion coach. Mike Selck, a graduate student in speech communications from Blue Springs, Mo., graduated from SIU in 2013 with nearly 20 tournament wins on the debate ... Continue Reading →

Debate team sets goals sky high

The Saluki Debate Team has three new additions this year: two debaters and a new coach. Todd Graham, director of the team, said Ben Reid, Zach Schneider and Aditya Sharma have recently joined the team. Graham said Reid, a graduate student from Kansas ... Continue Reading →

Paul Simon Debate turns friends into foes

Two national champions normally on the same side of an argument found themselves head-to-head in the inaugural Paul Simon Debate. Ben Campbell, a senior from Springfield, Mo. studying political science, and Josh Rivera, a junior from Chicago studying ... Continue Reading →

Debate team carries momentum to nationals

Despite not finishing first over the course of two tournaments this weekend, the number one ranked debate team in the country managed to bring home some hardware. The final two tournaments before the national championship were held back-to-back at Loyola ... Continue Reading →

SIU debate team prepares for national tournament

The SIU debate team and debate teams from around the country are preparing for the biggest tournament of the year, the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence. Like the BCS National Championship for football, the NPTE is the national tournament ... Continue Reading →

Debate team looks to continue first semester success

  The debate team has only completed half of its season and is considered one of the top teams in the country. The team, led by partners Ben Campbell, a senior from Springfield, Mo., studying political science, and Josh Rivera, a junior from Chicago, ... Continue Reading →

Debate team reflects on successes

There’s no debate on which college campus can argue its case the best. The university’s debate team recently won two national titles, placing in both the March 20 National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence and the March 26 National Parliamentary ... Continue Reading →

International knowledge helps debate team prepare

The university debate team gained worldly experience in Germany, and team members say the knowledge will be used to succeed in their next competition in the United States. University debate, which consists of two separate teams, competed at the World ... Continue Reading →

Debate team undefeated, looks to take on world

At the beginning of the semester, the debate team was confident it could uphold a successful year. At the end of it, records were broken and two team members will travel to Germany to compete in the world’s largest debate tournament. After five tournament ... Continue Reading →

Debate team makes national history

The Southern Illinois Debating Dawgs did something last weekend that no collegiate debate team has ever done in National Preliminary Tournament of Excellence history. The team qualified for NPTE nationals — a top national competition for collegiate ... Continue Reading →
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