Bobby Thomas '11 faced off against the British debaters.
The parliamentary-style debate was well-attended.
Randolph-Macon College’s Franklin Debating Society hosted the touring champion British
debaters on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. in the Washington Room.
R-MC students Becky Johnsen ’10 and Bobby Thomas ’11
faced off against the world-famous British debaters on the topic Be it resolved
that women in the developed world have achieved full equality. The topic
was chosen so that students could segue into guest-lecturer Dr. Maxine Margolis’
talk on women’s changing roles in the U.S., which began at 7:00 p.m. in the Washington
The annual Parliamentary-style debate was an entertaining and provocative event,
and audience participation was encouraged. By audience vote, the R-MC team defeated
the British, although good arguments were made by all.
R-MC's Phi Beta Kappa chapter and its benefactors, Anita S. and John B. Werner ’53,
once again generously supported the British debaters’ visit to Randolph-Macon College.
R-MC Professor Ted Sheckels, Ph.D., the A.G. Ingram Professor of English, coaches
the R-MC Franklin Debating Society students. Sheckels is a communications studies
and English professor and the director of speaking for the Higgins Academic Center.
Professor Sheckels is assisted by part-time communication studies instructor John