Wiley forensics welcomes first international opponent

Published on Monday, 20 January 2014 22:53 - Written by Staff Reports

Wiley College’s Melvin B. Tolson/Denzel Washington Forensics Society will debate the three-time world champions from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, at 7 p.m. Friday in the Julius S. Scott Sr. Chapel on Wiley’s campus.

This is the first time Wiley College will have a debate against an international team, according to a college news release.

Monash University has been crowned world champions for three consecutive years. The school’s team only recently lost the title to Harvard University at the 2014 World Universities Debating Championship, held earlier this month in Chennai, India.

The debate topic will be “Reducing economic inequality should be the No. 1 fiscal priority of a nation.”

Wiley College will argue the affirmative. The topic is inspired by ongoing efforts on the part of Wiley College student leaders to bring attention to hunger and poverty, and the ways people can help, according to the news release.

While Monash will be Wiley’s first international competitor, the college’s “Great Debaters” have played host to a contest each year since its 2008 resurgence. Prior opponents included Harvard, The University of Southern California and Oklahoma City University.

The debate will take place during Wiley’s Eighth Ethical Student Leadership Conference.

The Melvin B. Tolson/Denzel Washington Forensics Society is a competitive speech and debate team. It is affiliated with Pi Kappa Delta, the National Forensics Association and the American Forensics Association, according to the news release.