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HPU Debate Society - Spring 2017 News

HPU Debate Society at the United States Universities Debate Championshipin Atlanta, Georgia - Spring 2016

HPU Debate Society Earn Top Spots at the 2015 Pan Pacific Tournament

Hawaii Pacific University invites you to participate in the Pan Pacific Championship Debate Tournament, on February 18-19, 2012.

Debate Team wins UH Tournament Spring 2011

 USU Open: Claremont, CA, Oct 1-3, 2010
Fours students have been chosen to represent HPU at the USU Open on the weekend of Oct 1st, 2010. Megan Jensen, Craig Ursuy, Tim Lussier and Cody Corecelius will debate in this Worlds Style tournament against some of the best teams on the West Coast and country. 

HPU Island Invitational, Spring 2010
After a long deliberation, a split vote (3-2) decided UH the winners of the Island Invitational. HPU finalists were Cody Corcelius, Tim Lussier, and Jake Bradshaw.

UH Warrior Debate Tournament, Spring 2010

2009 Pan Pacific Championship

Spring Downtown Showdown 2009 (See Tournaments link for more information)
The first semi-annual intramural debate tournament will be held on April 18th. All skill levels welcome. Pick your own partner or register as a single. All individual registering students will be paired with another single student. Topic  are announced on the Tournaments page. Please e-mail Rose Helens-Hart, HPU's Director of Debate, at to register.

 Viewpoint Film Series: The Great Debaters
Warmer Aud., Pizza and discussion to follow.

 2008 Pan Pacific Championship
HPU debaters Cody Corcelius and Craig Ursuy were the top team from Hawaii and ranked 9th overall out of 20 teams.

2007 Pan Pacific Championship
HPU debate partners Matt Talley and Ian Van Hoose were the top finishers from Hawaii.

2008 World Universities Debate Championship
HPU debate partners Debra Pruit and Matt Talley finished in the top half of the four hundred teams competing at the tournament.

2008 U.S. Nationals
Three teams from HPU will compete at the U.S. National British Parliamentary Debate Tournament April 11-13 at Portland State University.

Other Events:

 Judging at the Hawaii Speech League Non-Qualifying Debate Tournament at University Lab School.

Each debate events will be limited to the following resolutions:

1. PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE (BEGINNING and ADVANCED): "Resolved: That the United States government should implement universal health care modeled after the French system."
2. LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATE (NOVICE and CHAMPIONSHIP): Topic—“Resolved: It is morally
permissible to kill one innocent person to save the lives of more innocent people.”

3. POLICY DEBATE (JUNIOR VARSITY and VARSITY): Topic—“Resolved: The United States federal should substantially increase alternative energy incentives in the United States.”

McCain/Palin vs. Obama/Biden ASHPU Election Debate; October 30, 2008

Held in the HPU Sea Warrior Center, the debaters talk about the campaign issues as a part of the ASHPU election week activities.

Fall 2008 Global Citizenship Student Symposium; October 11, 2008

Hawai‘i Pacific University presents fall 2008 Global Citizenship Student Symposium, which will focus on the November 2008 national and local elections, on Saturday, October 11 from 10am to 1:30pm at the Hawai`i Loa campus, Academic Center lanai. An informed electorate is an essential ingredient for any vibrant democracy. So join us at the October 11 election forum to learn about and discuss the issues that matter.

Register for the symposium by 5pm on Wednesday, Oct. 8 to Free transportation from Ohia at 9:15am (corner of Kuhio Ave & Nohonani St.) and Downtown Campus shuttle stop at 9:40am. Questions? Contact Marites Fiesta at (808) 544-0277.


9:45am Registration and Check-In

10:00am Welcome Remarks, 'Oli (Hawaiian Chant)

10:10am Keynote Address by Ed Case, Former Congressman:  “The National and International significance of the 2008 Presidential Elections”

10:30am HPU Sea Warrior Debate Society: A lively debate by HPU students representing the two major presidential nominees.

11:45am Concurrent Sessions:

A.  All Politics is Local: Issues Facing Hawaii (Charles Djou, Honolulu City Council Member & HPU Adjunct Instructor of Political Science) B.  The Media & Politics: What is the Role of the Media in Politics? (Chad Blair, Reporter for the Pacific Business News) C.  How We Elect the President: A Primer on the Electoral College System (Ralph Burr, HPU Adjunct Instructor of Political Science) D.  Presidential Debate (Part 2): In-Depth Student Discussion (Rose Helens-Hart, HPU Instructor of Communication & Director of Debate)

Iolani State Qualifier; February 16-17, 2008

Christian Communicators Association Qualifying Tournament; February 23, 2008

Hawaii Collegiate Debate League Scrimmage; March 2, 2008