Ferris State > Speech Debate Team
Come join the Ferris State Forensics Speech Debate Team, and travel throughout the United States, networking with and competing against student debate teams from other university and college debate teams.
Some of the benefits to competing with the Ferris State Debate Team include: free travel, cultural education opportunities, networking opportunities, and the chance to vie for Scholarship Money!!
Learn more about why you should join our forensics speech debate team by contacting our college debate team coach directly:
T. J. Lakin
Johnson Hall, Room 315
The Ferris State Parliamentary Debate Team is most eager to discuss controversial, hot-button topics, such as global warming, foreign relations, economic policy, and even larger questions of morality and ethics.
This is not a speech debate team for wallflowers! The Ferris State Student Debate Team is looking for serious individuals who are unafraid to grapple verbally, as they refine their forensic speech skill sets debating the big issues of the day.
Finally, you should know that our college debate team is very Successful! The Ferris State Debate Team has earned several awards in recognition of our forensic speech and debate skills.
You may have heard about parliamentary procedure – as a member of the Ferris Speech Debate Team, you will use a very similar format. Based on the British model of government, including Robert's Rules of Order, our student debates follow a very specific format.
The idea is that when "motions" (ideas for change or concern) are brought before the "house" (the governing body) the debate should take a certain format so that the playing field is fair.
The college debate team is typically divided into two teams of two people each: a "government" debate team, and an "opposition" debate team. It is the government debate team's job to support or uphold the "motion" (topic of the debate).
Usually the government college debate team discusses a problem in the topic area and has a specific proposal for change regarding that problem. It is the burden of the opposition debate team to play "devil's advocate," more or less. The opposition college debate team tries to find the weaknesses in the government debate team's arguments.
Thus, throughout the debate, the government and opposition debate teams clash on the issues regarding the problem in a back and forth fashion.
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