[eDebate] Fwd: Miami Debate Team Eliminated

Gordon Stables stables
Thu Feb 26 22:07:49 CST 2009

I am forwarding Sarah's original email to ceda-l and asking for input
from folks on both lists.

The leadership of CEDA and the NDT are working together to provide a
coordinated response to the Miami administration. I applaud the
efforts of individuals to reach out to administrators and positively
convey the importance of debate. We also need folks who are familiar
with the university and department to help tailor our response. If you
are in such a position or know of someone who is, please have them
contact me.

I would also reinforce Justin Green's prescient call from earlier this
semester. In this economic climate, even programs with strong
institutional support for the activity will experience very difficult
decisions. If you see that your university is considering a
substantial reduction in support, please reach out to the
organizations and local community as soon as possible. No one has a
magic solution here, but we need to do our best to explain the values
of keeping the activity central to university life, even if budgets

I know we will be having a larger conversation on this subject this
spring, but in the interim please take the time to support this


Gordon Stables, Ph.D.
Director of Debate & Forensics
Annenberg School for Communication
University of Southern California
Office: 213 740 2759
Fax: 213 740 3913

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sarah Spring <spring.sarah at gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 10:34 AM
Subject: [eDebate] Miami Debate Team Eliminated
To: edebate at ndtceda.com

I have received some bad news today, Miami University (Ohio) has made
the initial steps in cutting all funding for their policy debate
program. This holds a lot of personal significance for me, but I think
it is a very bad omen in general for the debate community. While the
situation there has been deteriorating for a bit, I think the
financial situation everywhere has the possibility of making debate
budgets more vulnerable.
It is in the best interest of all of our jobs and teams and families
and the community that we proactively work to fend off this danger.
I don't know if the Miami program can be saved, but I would like it to
at least go down fighting. In this vein, I'm getting together a number
of alumni to write in support of the program and its value to Miami.
While these people have personal experience with the team itself, I
think some outside letters to the administration could be helpful.
A few quick facts, Miami is a long time participant in the NDT,
attending 19 times from 1976 to ?2009. Miami is the only squad other
than Westpoint to host the NDT twice. The debate team is one of the
oldest student organizations and was founded around 1909.
The team is currently funded through the department of communication
which has also eliminated its graduate program meaning no graduate
assistants which have been a major part of the coaching at Miami. The
department and the school, I assume, has decided to eliminate all
debate coaching positions and the team's budget for the?foreseeable
future. The problem is, once these things are gone, they are very
difficult to restart.
If you could help me by writing a letter of support for the program to
any or all of the following persons, expressing the value of debate
and the value of the program, I would appreciate it.
Sarah Spring

David Hodge


Office of the President,

Roudebush Hall, 213A

Oxford, OH 45056

1 513 529 2346

hodgedc at muohio.edu

Jeffrey Herbst

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

209 Roudebush Hall

Oxford, Ohio 45056


herbstj at MUOHIO.EDU

Karen Schilling

Dean, College of Arts and Science

143 Upham Hall

Oxford, OH 45056

(513) 529-1234

schillk at muohio.edu

Barbara Jones,

Vice President of the Division of Student Affairs

111 Warfield Hall

Oxford, OH 45056

513 529 4631

jonesb2 at muohio.edu

Gary Shulman

Chair, Department of Communication

162C Bachelor Hall

Oxford, OH 45056


shulmagm at muohio.edu

Todd Holm,

Director of Forensics

156 Bachelor Hall


tholm at muohio.edu

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