The Franklin Debating Society also participates in on-campus debates.
R-MC’s Franklin Debating Society recently competed in the Collegiate Forensics Association
Winter Tournament in Montreal, Canada.
James Murray ’09 and Bobby Thomas ’11 won first place with an undefeated 5-0 record,
and Murray was selected as third-best debater in the tournament.
Catherine Noyes ’09 and Becky Johnsen ’10 won fourth place with a 3-2 record. Noyes
had the additional distinction of being selected the best debater in the entire
tournament. Teammates Jessee Perry ’11 and Samantha Bradshaw ’11 won fifth place
with a 3-2 record.
The debates were on topics as varied as Israel's military actions in Gaza and Robert
Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe to what the federal government should do with banks'
"toxic assets" and whether or not the Obama inaugural was truly magnificent.
In forensics—individual speaking events—R-MC debaters were challenged by the presence
at the tournament of a school whose debaters won two-thirds of the awards. Murray,
however, won fifth place in dramatic interpretation and sixth place in communication
analysis. Noyes was given an honorable mention in impromptu speaking, and Nicole
Smith ’10 won honorable mention in poetry interpretation.
The Franklin Debating Society is headed by Professor of English and Communication
Ted Sheckels, Ph.D. and John Mingus, instructor of communication studies.