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Debate takes team around the world

Gabriella Chikhani Staff Writer During November, the La Verne Speech and Debate team was successful at numerous tournaments in England, Canada and Northern California. Seven of La Verne’s teams competed at Los Medanos College to debate against teams from across California. Three La Verne teams made it to the final round. Tanner Long, junior biology major and Joanna Mrsich, freshman politcal science... 

Ruiz mentors debaters to success

Ruiz mentors debaters to success
Director of Forensics Robert Ruiz reads “Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence” and relaxes before debate Nationals while displaying his favorite sports teams’ jerseys in the debate team’s lounge. Ruiz enjoys reading and is a self-proclaimed sports fanatic, especially of the Dodgers and Denver Broncos football, but says his life is his work. / photo by Helen Arase Hayley Hulin Staff... 

Faculty debate amuses

Tyler Harrison Staff Writer Laughter and “here, here’s” filled La Fetra Auditorium yesterday as students watched their professors debate whether human rights are a luxury only developed countries can afford. Professors Gitty Amini, Bill Cook, Jay Jones, Sean Dillon, Roy Kwon and Jason Neidleman participated in the Hot Spots event put on by the International Studies Institute. Ian Lising, chair... 

Debate makes history

Alison Rodriguez Staff Writer The debate team made the record books last weekend in British Columbia as captains Carl Decker and Sam French won their first international championship; the first in University of La Verne history. After two days, six preliminary rounds and the grand final, the team was crowned the 2013 UBC Champions at the University of British Columbia’s annual Inter­varsity Tournament. The... 

Debate team places second in Open

Debate team places second in Open
Sophomore Jonathan Singleton argues for the opening opposition team in the first debate at the tournament Oct. 11 hosted by Claremont McKenna College. The debate discussed whether the federal government should step in to aid Detroit with its financial problems. Singleton was the first from the opposition to argue against a bailout. Singleton and his partner, Melanie Nadon, were ranked second in the... 

Beatles ‘Help!’ debate team

Sarah Veissalov Staff Writer Audience members gave all their loving to the “Paperback Writer: the Beatles Experience” concert, hosted by the La Verne debate team, as they relived the music of The Beatles in Morgan Auditorium on Sunday. Students, faculty and local residents were among the audience. “This was a great homecoming event and a way to give back,” Rob Ruiz, director of forensics, said. Jonathan... 

Ruiz preps for debate nationals

Ruiz preps for debate nationals
Robert Ruiz, director of forensics for the Speech Communication Department, is preparing for the National Parliamentary Debate Association’s National Championship Tournament, to be hosted by the University of La Verne next year. During his undergraduate career, Ruiz served as captain of the debate team for two years and won the U.S. National Championships in 2007. Ruiz earned both his bachelors and... 

Debaters remain an impressive force

Lauren Creiman News Editor The debate team continued its tradition of success when two of its teams advanced to the elimination rounds at the United States National Open earlier this month. In the tournament, hosted by Claremont McKenna College from Oct. 7 to Oct. 9, La Verne teams MT and PA were among the eight out of 44 teams that advanced to the elimination rounds. Team La Verne MT, consisting of... 

Ruiz tapped to take helm of LV debate team

Rachel Creagan Staff Writer Speech communications instructor Rob Ruiz was recently named director of forensics at the University of La Verne. Ruiz, who broke the team’s semi-finals curse in 2007 by winning the national championship as an undergraduate here, will take over administrative duties in fall 2011. He follows Josh Martin, the previous debate coach, decided to step away from the team to pursue... 

Debaters score at nationals

Amanda Nieto Associate News Editor The University of La Verne debate team is elated by its recent victory at the United States Universities National Championships where team La Verne MT ranked fifth out of the 192 teams. Debate teams from some of the country’s best universities such as Harvard, Yale and Stanford, as well as top-rated international universities, competed at the University of Vermont... 
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