Crystal Thomas '13, Professor Ted Sheckels,
Hayley Williamson '13
The Randolph-Macon College Franklin Debating Society is the winner of the Wash-Frank
Debates Cup. These debates, which replicate what intercollegiate debating was like
in the 19th Century, have been held annually on the R-MC campus since 2001.
This year’s rendition, which was held May 6, 2013 in Washington-Franklin Hall, centered
around the topic Be it Resolved That: Government regulation of American businesses
should be significantly reduced.
The debates, in which the audience is encouraged to speak up, combine the substance
of public policy debate with the oratorical flair of parliamentary-style debate.
R-MC, William & Mary College, Bloomsburg University, and University of Mary
Washington participated in the lively debates.
Randolph-Macon College defeated Bloomsburg University and University of Mary Washington
in the preliminary rounds and defeated The College of William & Mary in the
“Crystal Thomas ’13 and Hayley Williamson ’13
were 5-1 with the judges going into the final,” explains Ted Sheckels, who coaches
the Franklin Debating Society. “This is our 13th year, and each year we invite top-notch
competition—previous winners include Boston College, Wake Forest, Johns Hopkins
University, and West Point. This big award comes on the heels of the Society’s defending
of the Welch-Strine Cup as CFA year-long champion at the
March 2013 Collegiate Forensics Association Tournament. This is a fantastic
achievement for the Society.”
Sheckels is a communication studies
and English professor and the director of speaking
for the Higgins Academic Center. He is assisted by Communication Studies Instructor