CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The Southern Illinois University Carbondale Debate Team went on the road and over the sea in January to compete in the World University Debating Championships in Thessaloniki, Greece.
More than 400 teams from 160 universities in 70 countries participated in the debate championship.
The SIU teams finished ahead of teams from Harvard, Duke, Columbia, and Brandeis Universities, and ahead of teams from universities in Berlin, Munich, London, Vienna, Stockholm, and others.
They took part in what's called a world debate format.
Four teams of two debaters each compete, with two teams aligned on opposing sides of the issue.
The judges rank the teams first through fourth place, depending not only on how well the teams argue their assigned topic, but also how well they contribute to the debate without contradicting the team with which they are temporarily partnered.
SIU currently only competes in this format every few years.
SIU students had to be well-versed in current topics of international importance, and be prepared to argue from a point of view with which they may not have been immediately familiar.
The SIU debate team now readies itself for the second half of the collegiate debate season, with national championships in March with both the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (where they're reigning champions) and the National Parliamentary Debate Association Nationals.